If a new semester and a hurricane was not enough chaos for Florida State University, there is now a disease, most commonly found in children, running rampant across campus. Hand Foot and Mouth disease has been found present in over a dozen students this past week. The disease is speculated to have originated from one of the many fraternities on FSU campus, and then quickly spread to the rest of the student body. Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease is a painful viral illness that presents with fever, sore throat, and a reduced appetite, among other symptoms, and then becomes small, painful sores in the back of the mouth, on the palms of hands, and the soles of feet. These blisters have the potential to develop into ulcers over time and the disease is extremely contagious, spread through contact with bodily fluids. The symptoms of Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease do not present in everyone, and adults rarely show any symptoms at all, however, adults with no symptoms can still spread the disease.
While there is no specific cure for Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease, and no preventative vaccine offered, there are a few ways to try and avoid the illness. The CDC recommends washing your hands often, cleaning commonly touched objects, and avoiding physical contact, such as kissing or hugging, with infected persons. Mouthwash and aspirin have been shown to diminish pain temporarily, but most people will just have to wait out the painful virus. It is also important to remain hydrated if you have contracted the disease, regardless of how painful it becomes to swallow, as dehydration is common among infected people