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Frequently Asked Questions
(Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease)
For more information please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • How do I know if I have it? Is there a test to take?
    1. It may start by just not feeling that well, with nonspecific symptoms such as a sore throat and cough. The difference between this disease and a common cold is that there will be lesions which will form on the hands, feet or inside the mouth. While there a test available, it is not recommended as the diagnosis is made clinically by examining the patient.
    2. We are encouraging you to make an appointment to seek medical attention. When calling to schedule an appointment, please be clear about any blisters you have in your mouth, on your feet, or on your hands and any fever or sore throat that you may have.
  • Is it contagious?
    1. It is highly contagious. It spreads through contact, coughing, sharing cups and utensils or touching unclean spaces.
  • What am I supposed to do?
    1. To prevent or reduce risk, you need to clean your bathrooms, common spaces, car, phones, etc. These things you touch often must be cleaned with a product that has bleach in it like Lysol or Clorox. Do not drink from another person’s cup and avoid any close contact with someone who has the disease, such as hugging or kissing. Launder your sheets and bedding. Make sure that you wash your hands well with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • What if I'm diagnosed, then what?
    1. This disease runs its course in as little as 3-5 days for a mild case or up to 7-10 days if severe. As it is viral in nature, no antibiotic will work for this. You need to isolate yourself as much as possible after diagnosis as not to spread it to others. When your doctor gives you the diagnosis, ask for permission to stay away from classrooms and work until symptoms resolve. This is usually not life threatening; you will feel better shortly but you should not infect others. Keep cleaning your personal spaces and your bathrooms along with your laundry so you don’t get re-infected.
  • How do I make an appointment at the Health Center?
    1. Call the Central Appointment Unit (CAU) at 850-644-4567. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. No show charges are assessed for missed appointments and late arrivals may be asked to re-schedule in addition to a no-show fee.
    2. Walk-In patients must schedule an appointment at one of the Central Appointment Unit stations located on the first, fourth or fifth floors.
    3. Bring your FSU ID and your health insurance information with you for your appointment.
  • What if the Health Center is closed?
    1. If we are closed, go to the After Hour care page, it lists all the walk-in and urgent care clinics in Tallahassee or call MDLive.
  • What is MDLive?
    1. MDLive is a cutting-edge telemedicine company specializing in the delivery of health-related services through personal computers and telephones. Registered FSU Students enrolled on Florida State University's main campus can access afterhours care from a Registered Nurse for FREE with MDLIVE?. If symptoms require the attention of a physician, convenient access to a nationwide network of board-certified physicians is available for a nominal fee ($40). To learn more please visit the MDLIVE? website.

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