Cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) were recently reported in pre-primary children in some Uttarakhand schools. However, doctors advised not to panic but to be ‘proactive’.
“The fact is viral infections tend to peak during monsoon every year, which brings rise in cases of other viral disorders like HFMD, chicken pox, measles, etc. So there’s no need to panic but the need of the hour is being proactive. Diseases like chickenpox, measles and HFMD have symptoms of rashes on skin along with blisters,” Dr Vikas Sharma, Chief Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatolaser Surgeon, National Skin Hospital, Mansa Devi Complex, told Indian Express.
The disease is common among young children, especially children under 5 years of age and it can last for around 7-14 days.
The disease spreads fast in humid climates. It can spread directly from person-to-person through the mouth, secretions from the nose, mouth, or saliva.