Herpangina is a viral disease that affects the ulcer and lesions inside the mouth, and causes fever and sore throat.
Symptoms of Herpangina
The symptoms include fever, headache, sore-throat, difficulty in swallowing, loss of appetite and ulcer in the mouth, throat and even sores on the feet and hands.
Coxsackie group A viruses are a category that is blamed for spreading Herpangina. Children are mainly seen to be the victims especially in a contagious environment of school or if someone has illness. As an illness that affects children, it is more common among kids between 3 and 10 years of age, though it can affect anyone.
There is no specific test as such but the doctor can find out if you have Herpangina by a routine physical test, asking questions and going through the medical history of the person.
- Ibuprofen and acetaminophen taken orally to treat fever, as prescribed by the doctor can work in controlling the symptoms.
- You need to increase fluid products, especially cool ones, like cold milk and ice-creams. Do not have hot beverages and gargle with cool water as much as possible
- Do not have spicy foods, hot beverages, fried food and citrus fruits including citrus juices because they can irritate the skin and lesions in the mouth and cause more problems.
- It is seen that with proper treatment, Herpangina can clear off in a week’s time.
Check out the photos and images to see how the tongue is affected