Tests and diagnosisBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Your doctor will likely be able to distinguish hand-foot-and-mouth disease from other types of viral infections by evaluating:
- The age of the affected person
- The pattern of signs and symptoms
- The appearance of the rash or sores
Your doctor may take a throat swab or stool specimen and send it to the laboratory to determine which virus caused the illness.
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