Doctors warn parents that there is an obvious increase in cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, which is common and often painful in children.
Survivors have been reported cases in Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. WFAA reports. Symptoms of hand, mouth and mouth disease include fever, painful mouth sores and rashes on the hands and feet
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was wiped out by the disease, leaving an unusual reason for a baseball player on the list. Syndergaard left his start on July 21, after his pitch speed dropped.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a disease that is commonly seen in children younger than 5 years old. It is believed that Syndergaard got the disease during a baseball camp that he hosted
What is hand, foot and mouth disease, the condition that Mets & # 39; Noah Syndergaard
hand, foot and Mouth is "because of a virus that lives in the gut and it is very contagious," said William Schaffner, specialist in infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University. He noted that in late summer and early autumn enteroviruses ̵
"They are contagious before you are ill and during the disease, but undoubtedly people have the virus in their intestinal tract that never gets sick," Schaffner said. There are also people who get infected but have no symptoms, although they can spread the disease.
How to treat hand, foot and mouth
Hand, foot and mouth disease can be confused with foot-and-mouth disease Disease affecting cattle, sheep and pigs
"People do not get animal disease and animals get no human disease, "states the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
" Treatment is comfort (pain relief) and hydration, "said Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician from Atlanta, who often sees the disease in her practice.
"Fortunately, most people recover within a week without any problems, except for some discomfort / pain in the mouth." She said the disease is "most contagious before the rash appears, so it may be difficult to avoid . "
There are many types of hand, foot and mouth, and some cause different diseases, according to Dr Mark Pasternack of MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Outbreaks can easily occur in limited places, such as' home, child care, college, the Military would be all plausible situations, "said Pasternack. With an incubation period of three to five days, it is good to be vigilant when it comes to keeping bathrooms, kitchens and other common areas clean.
This can be worst in newborns, Pasternack said. Complications are rare, but when the virus spreads from the intestine to the central nervous system, a patient may get viral meningitis or viral encephalitis, with confusion and seizures and coma. If the spinal cord is affected, there might be motor weakness and difficulty walking, he said.