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Doctors seeing cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in kids

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Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease are visible, say doctors. Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease are visible, say doctors.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

This week at Huntsville Pediatric Associates, doctors said hand, foot and mouth disease has been making the rounds.

"Within the last week, I personally have seen about five cases, so among my practice I would guess on the upper end, about 50 cases this week," said Dr. Katie Gunter.

Dr. Gunter said hand, foot and mouth disease is usually seen in younger children aged two to four years old.

"But we do see it all the way up to school age, and even some adults can get it," she added.

Symptoms are visible. "It is often present with a fever for a couple of days. After, you start seeing blisters on the bottom area and then on to your hands and on to your feet, also sometimes around the mouth," said Dr. Gunter.

When those blisters burst, the virus can be transmitted through fluid, nasal drainage and coughing.

Dr. Gunter said she usually does not prescribe medicine for treatment. "The only treatment is comfort, so Tylenol and ibuprofen for any fever that does develop," she said.

The best way of avoiding it is washing your hands frequently and keeping hand sanitizer nearby.

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