This is terrible. This virus is associated with uncleanliness, when in reality, it is a lot like getting head lice. It’s highly contagious and it is getting passed around at schools and brought home into even the cleanest of homes.
A contagious childhood illnesses with a memorable name appears to be spreading across several states. Doctors are reportedly seeing more and more cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease — and children aren’t the only ones being affected.
According to multiple reports, doctors are seeing outbreaks in Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. And two Major League Baseball players in New York City have also been diagnosed with the disease.
Last week, the New York Mets said pitcher Noah Syndergaard contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease while appearing at a baseball camp for kids during the All-Star break. And just yesterday, it was announced that New York Yankees starter J.A. Happ has a mild case of the illness, CBS Sports reports.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease, which is caused by a virus, gets its name from the small red sores or rashes that often appear in the mouth and on the palms of the hands and
soles of the feet. It’s a common illness among children under the age of 5, but older children and adults can catch it as well.
Dr. Elizabeth Mack, an associate professor of pediatric critical care at the Medical University of South Carolina, says symptoms can arrive several days after a person gets infected.
“It’s characterized by… so often a fever, then followed by sore throat, then often a runny nose and then comes the rash,” Mack told CBS affiliate WCSC. “The rash can be blistery… regarding the mouth, it can be on the inside of the cheeks, the tongue, the gums, and then it can be on the fingers, the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and even on the buttocks.”
Hand, foot, and mouth, which is often linked to poor hygiene among young children, can be spread through kissing, hugging, or sharing food and drinks. The disease can also be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or contact with the germs from a baby’s diaper.
“The way that it’s managed, there’s no particular magic medicine or drug. It’s just about hydration, pain medicines, whether that’s an acetaminophen or ibuprofen, talking with your pediatrician about that, as well and a lot of TLC, washing your hands in between that TLC,” Mack explained.