Did you know that summer and fall are peak seasons for hand-foot-mouth disease?

Hand-foot-mouth disease is a common infection caused by a group of viruses with the most common being the coxsackievirus A16. It mostly affects children under the age of 10 and is most common in the summer and fall. The virus usually resolves within 7-10 days and doesn’t usually require medical intervention.

Since fever, fatigue and poor appetite are common in many illnesses the painful sores in the mouth and throat and the rash on the hands and feet are the telltale signs.

Here are 6 signs to look out for in foot and mouth disease.

1. Fever

Fever is usually the first sign. An increase in body temperature above normal (98.6 degrees F)

2. Painful sores

Painful sores in the mouth or throat. Mouth sores can start as small red spots in the back of the mouth, can become blisters and then ulcers

3. Fatigue

Fatigue, exhaustion, lethargy, low energy, and weakness

4.Rash

Rash on hands and feet can develop over 1-2 days. The rash begins as red spots, which sometimes blister. It can sometimes affect the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area.

5. Poor appetite

Poor appetite is very common.

6.Dehydration

Dehydration is very common. Make sure your children drink plenty of water.

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Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0030688/