Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease On The Rise

Doctors are warning that hand, foot and mouth disease is on the rise. Over a dozen outbreaks have been reported statewide this year. The virus, commonly seen in children, causes mouth or throat pain, and a rash on hands and feet. There have also been reports of adults contracting the highly contagious virus as well.

Handwashing is vital in preventing the spread of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. As kids head back to school, parents should teach their kids to cough and sneeze into their elbow to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Symptoms include a rash on the hands and feet and sores in the mouth. It is spread by contact with saliva or mucus.

Treatment can include over-the-counter pain medicine, steroid cream and staying away from other kids.

“Any child who has (a) fever, if they have sores on their hands that have not dried over, if they’re having frequent stools or if they’re highly fatigued, that’s the child who should stay home. Usually after being diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, a child is usually safe to return to school in maybe about three to five days,” Mercy Medical Center Dr. Ashanti Woods said in an interview with WBAL-TV.

While most cases of HFMD are mild, Woods said there is a type that can lead to neurological symptoms, like seizures and persistent headaches. He said that strain is rare and he hasn’t seen any cases this year.


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