Herpangina - Symptoms

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What are herpangina symptoms and signs?

Typically children with herpangina have the following:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Small blisters and ulcers may cover the soft palate, uvula, tonsils, and posterior pharynx. The rest of the mouth is normal appearing. These blisters can last for up to a week.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes along the neck (lymphadenopathy)
  • Rash may or may not be present.
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Comment from: Waterpolo mom, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 14

My son had high fever of 102.5 C and severe headache that woke him up from sleep. His throat started to show white little blisters and red dots next day. We took him to the doctor"s suspecting strep throat but the test came back as negative. As for where he got this herpangina, I am suspecting the swimming pool that he spent 4 hours a day.

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Comment from: someones dad, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 05

My son was feeling great on Friday. We went out to dinner and he had quite an appetite. After dinner we went to the park, then had movie night, he was so excited and full of energy the whole time. The next morning (Saturday) he woke up crying (very rare) and had a fever of 103-104. He was lethargic and had very little to no appetite. He was very cranky and moody and had difficulty sleeping and excessive drooling. We watched through Sunday and he got worse with still a high fever, and we offered him popsicles and gave him lukewarm baths. He still did not want to eat. Finally took him to the doctor on Monday morning and they looked in the back of his throat and confirmed it was herpangina. He got it from his daycare. There was a notice sent to parents that the room next door to his had a confirmed case of (mild) Coxsackie virus. I bet the fact that it's just in the mouth is why it is herpangina. I did not notice any sores or bumps on his hands or feet or outside of his mouth. However there are bumps now on his elbow.

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