Recognizing signs of hand, foot, and mouth disease

File photo.
File photo.

KAUKAUNA - With the summer months here, doctors are keeping a close eye out for a common virus this time of year.

Hand, foot and mouth disease can cause painful, small blisters on the body.

Kellie Schmitt spends most of her day around children and she's constantly keeping things clean.

"It's a bleach solution. So we use part bleach and part water, like a very small amount and daily we need to fill up our bottles," said Schmitt.

She runs a day care out of her home.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is common among young children and a day care is the perfect place for the virus to spread.

"It's the worst," said Jaime Schommer.

Schommer had the virus while attending day care when she as 8-years-old.

"We got sores all over the inside of our mouth, our hands, and the bottoms of our feet. It was painful to walk. It was painful to touch anything and it was painful to eat," Schommer said.

"They look like little ulcers," Schommer said.

Dr. Alan Cherkasky says the disease is very contagious.

"You have to make sure that you don't kiss the child or the child kisses toys or licks toys and then you touch them. It can also be spread in feces," said Cherkasky.

Adults can also get the virus. The gym is a place where a lot of people workout. Anytime Fitness in Kaukauna, has black bins filled with disinfectant wipes to help prevent germs from spreading.

"Cleanliness is very important to us. That's why some people choose to join us because we take it so seriously. Our process is to have staff clean every single day," said Nate Sleger with Anytime Fitness.

Some of the symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease include a fever, a sore throat, and a decreased appetite.

"So you treat it with Tylenol and stay away from any foods that are really acidic. You don't want to give salsa or orange juice. You want to do things that are cool like Popsicles or ice cubes," Cherkasky said.

Cherkasky says the illness can last up to a week.

The best way to prevent the disease is to wash your hands with soap and water, and stay away from those who have the virus.