When people hear about hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), they often associate it with infants and toddlers. And when there is an outbreak in a daycare or school, parents are often advised to be diligently on the lookout for symptoms. This contagious, viral illness isn’t just for the very young, however, and occasionally adult outbreaks surface in places with high densities of people, like college dorms.
Florida State University (FSU) is a recent example of this. In September 2016, the college reported a growing number of cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease and began advising students on proper sanitation methods.
“We are aware of more than a dozen cases so far,” Lesley Sacher, director of the FSU Health and Wellness Center, said in a statement.
“This illness usually lasts for a few days, and there is no medicine to treat it.
Blisters may form on hands, feet or in the mouth with mild fever or sore throat causing the patient to feel uncomfortable for about five days.
Yes, HFMD sounds scary, but before you buy stock in hand sanitizer, or put your children under lock and key, it’s important to understand where this condition comes from and what you can do to prevent it.
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