It feels as crude as it sounds. And the hand, foot and mouth disease keeps pediatricians busy.

Experts say the highly contagious disease has been on the increase recently. As the school districts prepare for the beginning of the lesson, parents should be aware of it.

The infection was re-highlighted after New York's Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 10-day disabled list last week after taking HFMD.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it usually affects infants and children under 5 years of age. However, it can sometimes occur in older children and adults. Some of the symptoms are early, fever, loss of appetite, sore throat and a feeling of being unwell. It spreads through body fluid.

"A rash on the palms and soles of the feet may develop as flat, red patches, sometimes blisters, for a day or two, and may also occur on the knees, elbows, buttocks, or genitals," Dr. on the CDC website.

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Once someone is infected, they can pass it on to others through direct contact, such as hugging, touching contaminated surfaces, changing nappies, or breathing secretions, such as coughing or sneezing.

Another option that most parents are unaware of is swallowing water for recreation, such as swimming pool.

Experts also say the disease is the most contagious in the first week.

Jennifer Paschal, director of Kids R Kids, talked to 11Alives La & # 39; Tasha Givens about how they fight it.

"Little children, toddlers and toddlers who play toys when they drop off something, we have a bucket, a bucket they go in, and they are rehabilitated before they get back into the group," she explained.

"We also have a Zono disinfection unit," continued Paschal. "It's a machine that disinfects all toys and their mats. There is constant hand washing."

The CDC also has more information about symptoms and other resources on its website.

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