10 Herpangina Symptoms

By christine
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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Herpangina is a childhood illness that sometimes infects adults. The condition is most common in young children between the ages of 3 and 10, but it might still occur in babies. Herpangina symptoms may vary depending on the exact virus. Most cases are seen in the summer and fall.

The most typical viruses that cause the condition include Coxsackie viruses A and B, echovirus and enterovirus 71. Children with herpangina can experience blister-like mouth bumps, headaches, and a sudden high fever that can scare parents. However, most cases are mild and symptoms go away in a week.1‘Default - Stanford Children’s Health.’ Stanford Children’s Health - Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=herpangina-90-P01855,2‘Herpangina: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.’ MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000969.htm

Mouth Blisters

The first noticeable signs of herpangina are blisters or sores inside the mouth. These may begin as small bumps on the roof of the child's mouth and the back of the throat. These blisters then turn into ulcers. Most children will have sores with a white to whitish-gray base and a bright red border.

Many people with herpangina only have a few ulcers. These lesions might be painful to the touch. Herpangina is highly contagious. Hand-washing is important for children and adults with the virus to prevent the spread.3‘Herpangina.’ Ada, ada.com/conditions/herpangina/


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