Herpangina

Herpangina is a viral illness that causes sores inside the mouth and throat. It can be passed from person to person (contagious). Most cases of herpangina occur in the summer.

CAUSES

Herpangina is caused by a virus. This virus can be spread by saliva and mouth-to-mouth contact. It can also be spread through contact with an infected person's stools. It usually takes 3 to 6 days after exposure to show signs of infection.

SYMPTOMS

  • Fever.

  • Very sore, red throat.

  • Small blisters in the back of the throat.

  • Sores inside the mouth, lips, cheeks, and in the throat.

  • Blisters around the outside of the mouth.

  • Painful blisters on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

  • Irritability.

  • Poor appetite.

  • Dehydration.

DIAGNOSIS

This diagnosis is made by a physical exam. Lab tests are usually not required.

TREATMENT

This illness normally goes away on its own within 1 week. Medicines may be given to ease your symptoms.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Avoid salty, spicy, or acidic food and drinks. These foods may make your sores more painful.

  • If the patient is a baby or young child, weigh your child daily to check for dehydration. Rapid weight loss indicates there is not enough fluid intake. Consult your caregiver immediately.

  • Ask your caregiver for specific rehydration instructions.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your pain is not relieved with medicine.

  • You have signs of dehydration, such as dry lips and mouth, dizziness, dark urine, confusion, or a rapid pulse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.