Doctors warn of spike in hand, foot, mouth disease

Henrietta Strickland
August 3, 2018

If you've noticed an uptick in the mentions of hand, foot, and mouth disease lately, you're not alone.

According to multiple reports, doctors are seeing increased cases in Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. They say the virus is most contagious in the first week.

However, it can sometimes occur in older children and adults.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth, which is often linked to poor hygiene among young children, can be spread through kissing, hugging, or sharing food and drinks.

Durojaye said other ways to protect yourself from the disease are washing your hands after you use the restroom, washing your hands before you eat, and wiping down common areas around your house, like doorknobs and remote controls.

However, another way most parents aren't aware of is by swallowing recreational water like from a swimming pool. These symptoms usually flare up before blisters start to appear.

The early symptoms for the disease include a rash, fever, sore throat and reduced appetite.

"If they're coughing or sneezing or anything, we teach the kids the importance of covering your mouth and not spreading your germs to other people". However, those bumps can also show up in the knees, elbows, and genitalia.

SC health officials recommend washing your hands often and regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces to lessen your risk.

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