Babies and toddlers spread a contagious infection in Kentuckiana

Louisville, KY - By Lori Lyle - bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The virus known as hand, foot and mouth disease is spreading through Kentuckiana daycares.

At Norton Community Medical Associates in Clarksville, Dr. Jill Howell-Berg says she's swabbing the throats of lots of little ones right now and diagnosing the viral infection. She says summer and fall months are usually when this illness appears and it's here - red, bumpy rash and all.

Dr. Howell-Berg says parents should be on the look-out for a low grade fever, decreased eating and lots of drool. The lesions in the mouth appear as red circles with a white base and are found at the back of the throat, along the tongue and gums. And the rash on the body is one of the only rashes to also appear on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

Treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease is primarily supportive. A fever reducer and lots of fluids but keep in mind, the blisters are painful so cold liquids may be better tolerated. Dr. Howell-Berg says to ask your pediatrician about a mouthwash to coat the lesions and help decrease the burning.

At Family Allergy and Asthma this week, high counts of ragweed and mold are causing allergy flares. The symptoms are the typical itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose along with headaches. Dr. Tim Feger advises patients to keep eyes lubricated with rewetting drops making it more difficult for pollens to stick to the eyes and cause irritation. He also suggests keeping windows and doors closed and wearing eye protection when working or playing outside. A quick shower to rinse off pollens before heading to bed can also help control symptoms.

At Mount Washington Medical Associates, Jewish Physician Group's Dr. James Brewer is treating some flares of gouty arthritis. Symptoms of this ailment include red, hot, swollen joints and he says it can cause moderate to severe pain. For anyone experiencing these symptoms he says get to the doctor ASAP to check for uric acid build-up and to start appropriate medications. Dr. Brewer says dehydration is a major cause of a flare up, so drink plenty of liquids.

And for the students needing school physicals, Dr. Brewer says to be sure to bring to the appointment an up to date immunization record and the actual physical form for the doctor to fill out and sign.

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