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Cases of hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Doctors around the South are warning parents about a highly contagious virus that is hitting children especially hard this summer.

Hand, foot and mouth disease cases are on the rise.

Doctors at Huntsville Pediatric Associates said although it's a year-round disease, they've noticed a spike in the past few weeks.

The disease spreads through fluid, nasal drainage and coughing. Doctors say there are some visible symptoms parents can look for.

"A fever will come first and then you'd start seeing a rash a few days later, like three to five days later," said Dr. Sarah Todd. "You can have a red rash on the mouth, hands and feet that turns into blisters, and it can be really painful."

The good news is that it is something you can treat yourself without a visit to the doctor's office.

Doctors recommend over the counter pain medication and plenty of fluids.

It's important for patients to stay away from other children since hand, foot and mouth disease is highly contagious.

Most adults are able to fight off the virus if they come in contact with it.

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