This season alone, hand, foot and mouth disease took three MLB pitchers temporarily off the mound, so baseball fans may wonder just what’s going on at that position. However, it’s just a coincidence, experts say, and not surprising with this highly contagious condition.
With seeping blisters on the palms and soles, and painful mouth sores as hallmark symptoms, hand, foot and mouth disease is as unappealing as it sounds.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is especially common in the late summer and early fall. Viruses to blame can easily spread through locker rooms, day care centers, military barracks, college dorms and anywhere else where people spend a lot of time in close quarters.