Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease On The Rise: Experts Beg Parents To Know The Signs
When children start going to school, kindergarten or they visit some after-school program, their parents are worried because there are various infectious childhood illnesses that sweep through the rooms.
This is why most of the children get their inoculations early on in order to prevent old-fashioned disease like rubella and mumps which lead to huge swathes of children every year.
Nevertheless, nowadays children receive an annual flu shot which is supposed to help them prevent the winter’s most contagious diseases. Unfortunately, diseases like the hand-foot-and mouth disease are more difficult to prevent. According to the statistics, even 200.000 Americans suffer from this disease each year. The experts at the West Central Health District in Georgia, claim that this year might be a record-breaking year for the disease, and it is already causing outbreaks among school children and college students.
This disease is highly contagious ailment which is spread extremely easily. It can be spread with a kiss, a handshake, mucus or saliva, or just being with the person in the same room. As a result of this, it is mostly spread in kindergartens and pre-schools, where kids are often covered in snot and spit.
Moreover, college students are also at a great risk because they tend to share their drinks or meals, and they are often overtired due to lack of sleep. Moreover, their immune system is usually weakened.
Older people or people with a weak immunity are also prone to it, especially if they live in a nursing home. However, this is not a strict rule since even the healthiest people can be affected because it all depends on the kinds of germs one is exposed to.
Fever, sore throat, itchy red spots on the mouth, hand and feet are the most common symptoms of this disease and they are not pleasant at all. Both your legs and genitals can be covered in sores. In most cases, the virus clears up on its own after a week or two.
On the other hand, if this disease runs in your family, then you should definitely visit your doctor. Make sure to stay home until it is safe because as we already mentioned, it is highly contagious and you can spread it to other people as well.
Even though the symptoms are mild, this disease has severe side-effects and they usually affect older people or those with weakened immune system.
HFMD might also cause serious brain infections such as meningitis and encephalitis. The worst part about this disease is the fact that if the symptoms are not treated for several weeks, children lose some of their fingernails or toenails.
According to the report of the CDC, the outbreaks of this disease are not common in America, but this year seems to be different. Namely, a huge outbreak has been sweeping through Georgia, and there are indications that can even affect South Eastern US, and even other regions of the country.
This means that if you are living in these areas, you should pay more attention to your personal hygiene. Make sure to wash your hands after leaving the bathroom and before meals.
Moreover, if you suspect that your child has HFMD, don’t send him/her to school. If you are the one affected with this illness, then make sure to rest and drink a lot of liquids, even if the sores cause a slight pain in the throat.
The following video will provide additional information on this disease: