Your Health Matters: Hand, Foot & Mouth cases spread in Siouxland

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Many local parents dealing with troublesome childhood illness lately: Hand, Foot and Mouth disease.

We’re hearing of cases popping up all over the metro area lately. It’s not usually serious, but can spread fast at daycares and schools — even playgrounds.

Kids, especially little ones, get rash-like sores on their feet, hands, and in the mouth. The illness usually starts with a fever, but most symptoms, and how it’s spread, is just like any other virus.

Tyler Brock, Siouxland District Health says, “It’s a relatively common illness, mostly of children, that is spread through droplets, okay – coughing, sneezing, kissing, that sort of thing.”

If your child gets it, there’s no treatment, other than to keep them comfortable.

It is important to wash your hands often, and keep kids out of daycare or school until it clears up.

Adults can get Hand, Foot and Mouth, but it’s not as common. However, two major league baseball players have made the news recently for Hand, Foot and Mouth cases that one traced back to a youth camp.

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