What's Going Around: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

July 30, 2012

An illness seen commonly in younger children is now beginning to show up in adults. In this week's What's Going Around we're focusing on hand, foot and mouth disease.

Dr. Katherine Smyth of Palmyra Medical Associates is providing us with our medical information.

Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease include fever, pink or red blisters on your hands, feet and around your mouth. Dr. Smyth also says a possible rash on your legs, arms, trunk or bottom, ulcers in your mouth, possible loose stools and poor appetite may also be seen.

Symptoms usually last about three to seven days, but can stick around longer.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is seen is typically seen in children, but doctors say more adults seem to be getting it.

When it comes to treatment, Dr. Smyth recommends drinking fluids and taking Tylenol or ibuprofen for fever and discomfort as well as resting.

Dr. Smyth says the best way to prevent hand, foot and mouth disease is to practice good hand washing.

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