What’s hand-foot-and-mouth disease and how do you catch it? A report on WIS-TV tonight revealed that some Midlands day care facilities are seeing an outbreak in children. In this news story, Dr. Brandon Emery of Lexington Pediatric Practice talks about the virus, prevention and treatment.
For more information on hand, foot and mouth disease, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website by clicking here.
Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease Facts
A viral infection that causes mouth ulcers and tiny blisters on the hands and feet.
~Small, painful ulcers in the mouth, especially on the tongue and sides of the mouth
~Small, thick-walled water blisters (like chicken pox) or red spots located on the palms, soles and webs between the fingers and toes
~1 to 5 water blisters per hand or foot
~Small blisters or red spots on the buttocks
~Low-grade fever less than 102 degrees
~Mainly occurs in children age 6 months to 4 years
Return to School
~Can return to child care or school after the fever is gone (usually 2 to 3 days). The rash is not contagious.