Primo Arellano catches hand, foot and mouth disease

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 8) — Two-year-old Primo Arellano is all smiles in his mother’s Instagram posts despite having contracted an infectious disease.

Primo, the eldest son of television hosts Iya Villania and Drew Arellano, caught the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) after playing in an enclosed area while recovering from cough and colds, Villania shared on Sunday.

HFMD is an infectious disease that is common among children and causes skin rashes and mouth ulcers. The rashes typically spread on palms and soles of the feet, according to the Heath Department.

Villania said they have also noticed similar rashes on Primo’s 10-month-old brother Leon.

A child can catch the disease through direct contact with someone infected with viruses such as Coxsackievirus A16 and Enterovirus 71 which are found in nose and throat secretions such as mucus and saliva.

There is no specific treatment for the disease but signs and symptoms could disappear within seven to ten days.

“[Please] make sure your kids are well and healthy when they play in closed play areas. Not just for the sake of the other kids in there but also for your own child,” Villania advised.