Doctors seeing spike in hand, foot and mouth disease

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Doctors seeing spike in hand, foot and mouth disease: Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on August 21, 2018.

Doctors across the country are seeing a spike in a common summer ailment - many parents know it as hand, foot, and mouth disease.

The infection gets its name from the blistering rash it causes on the hands, feet, and inside the mouth.

It looks scary, but usually goes away in seven to 10 days.

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However, it is highly contagious; children often pick it up from daycare, pools, and camps.

"Because this is spread by contact, usually from one person's skin to another person's skin, the best thing to do is always make sure you wash your hands," said Dr. Frank Esper.

There's no treatment for the virus, just rest and fluids, but it can cause complications for babies and anyone with a compromised immune system.

While it usually affects children, anyone can also catch it.

In fact, a high school football team in Ohio canceled a training camp a few weeks ago because several players had it.
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