HR pediatricians see spike in Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Pediatricians in Hampton Roads are seeing a spike in the number of kids with a summer-time virus called Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

The ailment is characterized by sores on the palms of hands, soles of feet and inside of the mouth. It’s common in children age five and under, and it spreads easily through touch or saliva. Doctors say it is especially prevalent in periods of hot weather, when the virus thrives.

The virus typically lasts four to seven days and will go away on its own. Every once in a while, children get some complications.

The best prevention, according to the National Institutes of Health, is thorough hand washing and avoidance of other children who are sick with the virus.

10 On Your Side brought in an expert on the disease, Nurse Practitioner Devin Baily with Bon Secours Medical Group, to talk about what they are seeing in Hampton Roads and what you can do to protect your children. Watch the full interview in the video player above.

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