What is Herpangina?
Herpangina is a painful oral virally-induced infection characterized by the formation of lesions inside the mouth typically caused by a specific strain of Coxsackie virus. Although it can occur in any age bracket, this condition is frequently observed in children who are three to ten years of age.
Though some cases of Herpangina can be asymptomatic in nature, affected children may develop hyperthermia painful swallowing and sore throat and eventually two to six red macules appear at the back of the throat, soft palate and tonsilar pillars which progress to vesicles and ulcers which can be about 2 to 4 millimeters in diameter. The ulcerations may appear as sores with white to whitish gray base and a reddish margin. Because of these very painful ulcers, the individual rejects food and fluid intake which increases the risk of developing dehydration. Normally, these lesions go away on its own within 7 to 10 days.
Symptoms can be managed by taking prescribed anti-inflammatory medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen for high fever and applying topical anesthetics directly on the affected area. It is also necessary to increase oral fluid intake such as cold products for prevention of dehydration. Other methods include gargling with cool water, eating popsicles and avoiding hot foods and citrus fruits and other foods which are too acidic.
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