Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Hand, food and mouth disease, a flu-like illness, isn’t typically dangerous, but it has some pretty nasty symptoms (beyond your regular fever, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, etc.): It can cause little red spots to appear in the mouth, on the palms of the hands and on the soles of the feet that later develop into painful blisters. These blisters can also appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area. And though the disease usually targets children younger than 5 years old, it can also make its way across college campuses.
The important thing to note, the CDC warns, is that in extreme cases, the sores can make swallowing liquids painful, which means that children can easily become dehydrated. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat the symptoms and the disease should run its course in about a week.
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