SICK WATCH: Hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise


Summertime brings a spike in Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, and it comes from a family of enteroviruses.

It is highly contagious, commonly affects young children and is easily transmitted.

"All the enteroviruses are transmitted through the fecal oral route, so washing your hands and washing the food you eat is one of the best ways you can prevent getting these diseases," said Dr. Janel Charlton of Family Medicine.

Symptoms to watch out for include a fever, rash, and blister-like sores in the mouth.

The rash is often on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.

There is no specific treatment, but depending on your age and what your doctor recommends, some patients can treat the symptoms by using mouthwashes or sprays to numb the mouth.