Local doctors warn parents against an increase in hand, foot and mouth disease in children and adults.
The infectious disease appears just before children are supposed to go to school again.
Action News Jax Courtney Cole spoke to a local doctor who shares the best ways you can protect yourself.
Doctors in several states report cases of hand, foot and mouth disease.
It is an infectious and painful disease that is usually seen in children under 1
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"It's easily absorbed into daycare," Dr. Trachella Johnson Foy, a Family Physician for Baptist Health
Now doctors in Jacksonville want to warn parents against it.
"Of course, when we get back to school – elementary school children will be at high risk," Dr. Foy told Action News Jax
Dr. Foy says it's most commonly caused by a virus.
"It usually consists of a fever, a rash that can develop in the mouth with blisters or sores on the hands and foot."
Foy says it usually only takes three days to five days
"It's easy to spread, so we're trying to prevent children from passing it over to make sure we wash well," said Dr , Foy.
Dr Foy says It's also important to keep your mouth shut for coughing and sneezing.
A mother has told us that her six-year-old son takes these steps to prevent him from catching her – or any other illness.
"I make sure he washes his hands, he does not share drinks and stuff with people, or as if he just did not have to try to cough people, he knows he's covering his mouth all the time," said Tiffani Allen.
Dr. Foy told Action News Jax Courtney Cole that she had heard about the increase in cases in the United States and some in our area.
"I know that some of my colleagues have reported that they still see a few cases, but we have them I have not seen so much in our office."
At the moment, Action News Jax is working to find out How many cases of hand, foot and muzzle were reported to local hospitals this year.
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