What is herpangina?Herpangina is an illness caused by a virus, characterized by small blister-like bumps or ulcers that appear in the mouth, usually in the back of throat or the roof of the mouth. The child often has a high fever with the illness.
What causes herpangina?Herpangina is caused by a virus. The most common viruses that cause herpangina include the following:
- coxsackie virus
What are the symptoms of herpangina?The following are the most common symptoms of herpangina. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- blister-like bumps in the mouth, usually in the back of the throat and on the roof of the mouth
- quick onset of fever
- high fever, sometimes up to 106 º F
- pain in the mouth or throat
- decrease in appetite
How is herpangina diagnosed?Herpangina is usually diagnosed based on a complete history and physical examination of your child. The lesions of herpangina are unique and usually allow for a diagnosis simply on physical examination.
Treatment for herpangina:Specific treatment for herpangina will be determined by your child's physician based on:
- your child's age, overall health, and medical history
- extent of the disease
- your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- expectations for the course of the disease
- your opinion or preference
- increased fluid intake
- acetaminophen for any fever
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