How to spot symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease

The illness is typically mild, and nearly all people recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. HFMD is caused by several different viruses and it’s possible that people can get the disease again

hand-foot-and-mouth-diseaseA public health department in Georgia, which serves 15 counties across the state’s west central region, is warning parents of reports of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease — also called coxsackie virus — in the area.

“The illness is typically mild, and nearly all people recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. HFMD is caused by several different viruses and it’s possible that people can get the disease again. In rare cases, further complications can occur,” stated a public notice from the West Central Health District, WTVM News reported.

HFMD can affect people of all ages, but is usually seen in children. According to WebMD, outbreaks of the illness can occur at any time of year, but are most common in the summer and autumn.

So, what symptoms indicate that someone has HFMD?

The illness typically begins with a fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, and an overall feeling of being unwell. Then, after one or two days, painful sores can develop in the mouth, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These blemishes usually begin at the back of the mouth as small red spots that blister and can become ulcers.

Someone with HFMD can also experience a skin rash with red spots, and sometimes with blisters, on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. These sores may also appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area. Young children with the viral illness may get dehydrated, according to the CDC, as a result of mouth sores causing pain while swallowing liquids.

Some people, especially adults, may show no symptoms at all. These people can still pass HFMD to others.

Source: Medical Daily