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Pain is what I will attack you with,
A plague that appears once, what a myth.

In your throat I'll sequester,
Now in your hands I'll fester.

For if you see me lying around,
Unbelievable pain will take you down.

Let's, not forget, if I touch you, you can't run away.

What am I?

Hint

You may get hot around me,
Your hands and feet will plea.

Hint 2:

A disease commonly found in children,
Sores will most always afflict them.

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Edit: you are actually

Coxsackie Virus (hand foot and mouth)

Pain is what I will attack you with, A plague that appears once, what a myth.

A painful disease, especially for adults

In your throat I'll sequester, Now in your hands I'll fester.

Coxsackie starts its infection in the throat then moves to the skin

For if you see me lying around, Unbelievable pain will take you down.

This disease keeps you from walking when it spreads to your feet

Let's, not forget, if I touch you, you can't run away.

you can barely walk, nevermind run with this disease

Title: Don't confuse me with the one about chickens!

Not to be confused with chicken-pox

fun (not fun) bonus: I've had this. It's awful.


Original Answer:

Are you

Smallpox?

Pain is what I will attack you with, A plague that appears once, what a myth.

Smallpox is a painful disease which spreads like a plague

In your throat I'll sequester, Now in your hands I'll fester.

Smallpox starts its infection in the throat then moves to the skin

For if you see me lying around, Unbelievable pain will take you down.

Possibly a reference to 'smallpox blankets' in American history. Once touched, the painful disease was easily communicable

Let's, not forget, if I touch you, you can't run away.

Once you have the germs, you can not get away from the disease

Title: Don't confuse me with the one about chickens!

Not to be confused with chicken-pox, a much less serious disease

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  • $\begingroup$ Although everything seems to fit, I kinda hope you are wrong; if this is the intended answer, the question would fit webMD better than PSE. $\endgroup$ – Bass Jun 12 '18 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ Really? I thought TBO had nailed it, especially with the title :-) $\endgroup$ – Phylyp Jun 12 '18 at 14:43
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    $\begingroup$ Hmm, how close am I? Like, is the answer rot(pbjcbk)? Or do I need to think a little more outside the pox? $\endgroup$ – TwoBitOperation Jun 12 '18 at 14:55
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    $\begingroup$ @TwoBitOperation, yes it is. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 12 '18 at 23:39
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    $\begingroup$ Excellent edit, I've marked it as the right answer. One piece of advise, I'd put the correct answer on top. I almost missed this edit. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 13 '18 at 14:20
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Are you a

Bruise

Pain is what I will attack you with, A plague that appears once, what a myth.

You get a bruise after you hit yourself on something, which causes pain.

In your throat I'll sequester, Now in your hands I'll fester.

I am not sure about this but you can get a bruise in you hand.

For if you see me lying around, Unbelievable pain will take you down.

Bruise's can hurt.

Let's, not forget, if I touch you, you can't run away.

Bruise's do not move until they get better.

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  • $\begingroup$ It's not this either. But nice guess. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 12 '18 at 14:52
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Are you a

Pac-Man Ghost

Pain is what I will attack you with, A plague that appears once, what a myth.

255 levels of attacking, painful ghosts

In your throat I'll sequester,

The death animation suggests jaw-unhinging, possibly throat based damage

Now in your hands I'll fester.

Arcade joysticks are tough on the hands

For if you see me lying around, Unbelievable pain will take you down.

Get close enough to see the ghost and painful mouth expansion into nothingness ensues

Let's, not forget, if I touch you, you can't run away.

A touch by the ghost ends Pac-Man's fleeing

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  • $\begingroup$ No the answer is much closer to TBO's answer $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 12 '18 at 19:16
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Maybe you are

Streptococcus (warning: I tried to pick links below without terrifying pictures above the fold, but follow them at your own risk)

Pain is what I will attack you with,

Strep infections are painful.

A plague that appears once, what a myth.

Unlike many viral infections, you can get the same bacterial infection again.

In your throat I'll sequester,

Some strains of strep are common in the upper-respiratory tract, and carriers of Group A strep (the kind that causes strep throat) can have "dormant" bacteria in their pharynx.

Now in your hands I'll fester.

Hand washing is one of the most important ways to avoid strep infection, as touching something with strep bacteria on it (like a doorknob) and then touching your face is one of the best (worst?) ways of getting infected.

For if you see me lying around, Unbelievable pain will take you down.

The first part of this line may refer to the persistence of strep on surfaces, and most strep infections are painful; additionally, if you see the bacteria, as in get it in your eyes, and it infects the cornea it can cause a painful eye infection.

Let's, not forget, if I touch you, you can't run away.

Once the bacteria is on you, running won't shake it off (but a good wash with warm water and soap should).

Hints:

You may get hot around me, Your hands and feet will plea.

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Strep infections are usually accompanied by a fever. One severe complication is rheumatic fever, which causes pain in the wrists and ankles, and in one extreme case of strep infection that made the news last year, a man had to have his feet and hands amputated.

Title: Don't confuse me with the one about chickens!

A common variant of strep infection, especially among children, is scarlet fever, which is commonly classed with chickenpox as a "common childhood rash" and may be mistaken for that disease by parents.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm sorry, this isn't right, though it is close. I'll add a second hint now $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 12 '18 at 22:14
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, pretty sure I know, then. I don't know how to do the code answers, but is it this? I considered that one, but thought the (visual) "pattern" fit better for this one. $\endgroup$ – 1006a Jun 12 '18 at 22:41
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Boils

Pain is what I will attack you with, A plague that appears once, what a myth.

One of the ten biblical plagues to attack Egypt

In your throat I'll sequester, Now in your hands I'll fester.

Two places you can get boils

For if you see me lying around, Unbelievable pain will take you down.

Painful? yes

Let's, not forget, if I touch you, you can't run away.

Because the infection is in your skin

Hint- You may get hot around me, Your hands and feet will plea.

Boiling? Hot?

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  • $\begingroup$ This isn't the answer I'm looking for. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 12 '18 at 22:15
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Don't confuse me with the one about chickens!

Cowpox? A viral skin infection caused by the cowpox or catpox virus.

Pain is what I will attack you with, A plague that appears once, what a myth.

Causes muscle aches and pains. The common misconception is that you can only catch these viruses once.

In your throat I'll sequester, Now in your hands I'll fester.

Starts with a cough and runny nose, and the primary symptom: localized, pustular lesions generally found on the hands and limited to the site of introduction

For if you see me lying around, Unbelievable pain will take you down.

If you see the ulcerous pustules lying around (on your skin), it's going to be painful?

Let's, not forget, if I touch you, you can't run away.

It's an infection spread by physical contact (usually with cows or cats).

What am I?

Hint

You may get hot around me, Your hands and feet will plea.

High fever is another symptom.

Hint 2:

A disease commonly found in children, Sores will most always afflict them.

Kids are more likely to get this than adults.

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My guess is also a disease from the bible:

Leprosy

And, while I considered foot-and-mouth disease, too, I felt only leprosy literally has the "if you see me lying around" element (leprosy blankets, clothing carried the disease)

As to the Chicken, I was thinking the riddle, not the pox. You wouldn't want to cross a road to get to the leper colony...

EDIT AFTER HINTS: Well, anyway, before the hints, I liked my answer better than the accepted one, but those hints make it wrong, since if anything, children fared slightly better . . .

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  • $\begingroup$ No, that's not it, sorry. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 12 '18 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ Can you please add an explanation as to why do you think this is the answer? Look at the other answers for an example (you don't need to include the hints). $\endgroup$ – EKons Jun 12 '18 at 22:10
  • $\begingroup$ @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος Thx, have done so. Joe-You-Know if only you hadn't given the hints (which I hadn't seen when i answered . . .) $\endgroup$ – PGilm Jun 13 '18 at 17:14
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The answer is:

The Bubonic Plague (black plague)

A plague that appears once, what a myth.

It occurred multiple times in history over a few centuries if I recall

In your throat I'll sequester

Caused issues withe the throat glands to the point they'd rupture out of the victim's body

Now in your hands I'll fester.

Caused gangrene on the hands.

For if you see me lying around,Unbelievable pain will take you down.

The reference to the rats carrying the virus

Unbelievable pain will take you down.

Fever, swollen glands etc

Let's, not forget, if I touch you, you can't run away.

People were bedridden

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm sorry, this isn't the right answer. Also, I don't see where you tied this to the hints. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 13 '18 at 2:46
  • $\begingroup$ Ah well, it was worth a try, thanks anyway. Guess my answer was rushed and a bit too abstract. I'll take my time next time. $\endgroup$ – RiagoMinota Jun 13 '18 at 2:56

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