Summer temperatures lead to more Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease cases

Summer temperatures lead to more Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease cases

A disease similar to the flu, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is more prevalent in the warmer temperatures and affecting a handful of families in the East Alabama area.

"Typically it's going to be an illness that is in toddler or preschoolers. You usually catch it from other children and it can run rampant in the daycare system," explain Dr. Richard Glaze of Pediatric Clinic of East Alabama.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease can start with a fever, along with an outbreak of sores or blisters on the hands, feet and in the mouth.

The disease is not typically high risk, but can lead to a very painful couple of days for your child.

"The biggest danger that comes from this illness is that because the mouth sores can be very tender, you can't usually rationalize with an 18-month-old child, often times those kids will stop drinking because of the pain and become dehydrated," says Glaze

Even though there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus, the best way to prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is simply washing your child's hands often and avoiding close contact with infected children.

"Typically they'll have fevers for two to four days, may have pain in their mouth for about that long as well. They don't need to return to daycare until they've been without a fever and the sores are starting to crust over," says Glaze.

You may want to take your child to the pediatrician if the fever lasts more than three to four days, they aren't wetting a diaper four times in a 24 hour period and are extremely irritable.

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