Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. It can sometimes occur in older children and adults. It usually starts with a fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, and a feeling of being unwell. One or two days after the fever starts, painful sores can develop in the mouth. The mouth sores begin, often in the back of the mouth , as small red spots that blister and can become ulcers. A skin rash with red spots, and sometimes blisters, may also develop over one or two days on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; it may also appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area. The fever and discomfort are usually gone in 3 or 4 days. The mouth ulcers will heal in about 7 days, but the rash on the hands and feet can last 10 days.
Some people, especially young children, may get dehydrated if they are not able to swallow enough liquids because of painful mouth sores.
Transmission: The viruses that cause hand,foot and mouth disease can be found in an infected person’s : nose and throat secretions (saliva,sputum,nasal mucus); blister fluid and feces. Can be spread by close personal contact, the air (through coughing or sneezing), contact with feces, contact with contaminated objects and surfaces (toys/doorknob).
Prevention: There is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause hand,foot and mouth disease. You can lower your risk of being infected by doing the following:
Wash your hands often with soap and water
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and toys
Avoid close contact such as kissing,hugging or sharing eating utensils or cups with people with hand,foot and mouth disease.
Please disinfect toys, play areas, desk with lysol spray. Handwashing, Handwashing, Handwashing!!!!!!!