Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an increasingly common contagious disease among infants and young children. It usually causes fever, painful mouth sores, and a rash on the hands and feet.
The vast majority of children are vaccinated to prevent diseases such as mumps or rubella, which are diseases that were once very common but currently affect a very small percentage of children.
There are also annual vaccinations to combat the flu, which is one of the most contagious diseases at this time of year. However, there are diseases that are more complicated to treat than others.
experts from West Central Health District in Georgia warned that this year hand-foot-and-mouth disease would break all records among infants, children, and college students.
This disease is highly contagious and can be easily spread through saliva or mucus. That is, it is not spread by being close to a person, but it can be spread by a sneeze, a kiss or a handshake. That is the main reason why it is so common among children who are in day care and school.
It is also spreading rapidly on college campuses, where food and drinks are frequently shared. In addition, the elderly or people with weak immune systems are also vulnerable, especially if they live with more people, such as in a nursing home or residence.
Fortunately, the symptoms are unpleasant, but generally mild and not life-threatening for sufferers.
They include flu-like symptoms, such as fever and sore throat, but are characterized by red spots that appear on both hands, feet, and mouth.
The sores can sometimes also appear on the legs and on the genitals.
The virus usually goes away on its own in one to two weeks. However, if you suspect you have the disease, you should see a doctor immediately.
Surely, due to how contagious the disease is, they will recommend that you stay at home until the virus is completely eliminated from your body, in this way you will not infect other people.
Although the symptoms of the virus are usually mild, there can be serious side effects, especially in people with weakened immune systems due to another disease or age.
In some rare cases, this disease can lead to serious brain infections such as meningitis or encephalitis.
If you live in an area where the virus is spreading, it is very important that you follow hygiene practices to the letter. Wash your hands and mouth frequently and drink plenty of fluids to avoid any kind of danger.