According to the CDC, cases of hand, foot and mouth disease are widespread in spring, summer and autumn. @Finnerty_Meghan MEFinnerty@gannett.com
According to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital the number of cases is actually lower than the same period for each of the last two years.
"The season for the disease"
"It's just the season for the disease, "said Dr. Mark Rasnake, an infectious disease doctor at UT Medical Center. He said many people contract their hands, feet and mouth around late summer and early autumn.
Dr. Rasnake said he personally did not treat adults this summer.
"Many adults may already be immune to the burden of infection," said Drs. Rasnake. "So if a child has the same burden she had when she was a child, it probably will not affect her."
Since January, the East Tennessee Children's Hospital has treated 246 cases of HFMD, a drop of 21 cases over the previous one. According to Erica Estep, PR manager at the ETCH, this was the same year.
In 2016, 379 cases of HFMD were treated in July and 650 cases throughout the year, which is the highest year since 2013.
The lowest year for the disease since 2013 was 2015 with only 276 cases for the whole year
Children with HFMD could start with a fever, reduced appetite and a sore throat. Painful wounds follow after a few days of these early symptoms. The spots are found in the back of the mouth, palms and soles (hence the name). The wounds often blow and make eating and drinking difficult.
Rasnake said it will usually take one week to 10 days for symptoms to go away, 10 at most for a serious case.
The CDC warns that some may become dehydrated if they can not drink enough fluid because of the pain. If this is the case, parents should seek professional medical care.
Adults who become infected sometimes show no symptoms; but you can pass the virus on anyway.
Infected children and adults can spread the virus through hugs, coughs, sneezes, diapers, doors, and more. If you touch an infected person or an object without washing your hands afterwards, there is a good chance that you will become infected. FAQ: Are you worried about hand, foot and mouth disease? Here are what you need to know
The main way to prevent the infection from spreading and contracting is to wash your hands frequently. Disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces, such as doorknobs and toys, can also help reduce the risk of infection. The CDC also suggests avoiding close personal contact with an infected person.
The CDC suggests that those who have had their hands, feet and mouth need a few sick days to recover from the disease school and daycare.
There is no way to treat it specifically; However, adults and children may take over-the-counter painkillers and antipyretics to relieve symptoms. Certain mouthwashes and sprays will also numb the mouth pain.
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June 27, 2019
June 27, 2019