Herpangina is a very common illness in children. It causes small blister-like bumps or sores (ulcers) in the mouth. They are usually in the back of the throat or the roof of the mouth.
Herpangina is usually seen in children between the ages of 3 and 10. It is seen most often in the summer and fall.
Herpangina is caused by a virus. The most common viruses that cause it are:
Each child may feel symptoms a bit differently. But below are the most common symptoms of herpangina:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
The goal of treatment is to help ease symptoms. Since herpangina is a viral infection, antibiotics won’t work. Treatment may include:
Most children with the illness feel better in about a week. It's important that your child drinks enough fluids to prevent getting dehydrated.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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