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How is herpangina diagnosed?
Since herpangina is a clinical diagnosis, and the illness is self-limited, there is no real reason to perform any laboratory studies. Some children (hospitalized or immune-compromised for example) may have viral studies performed on specimens from the nose or throat. Isolating virus from these samples takes a long time and generally symptoms will be resolved long before the identification of the virus is available. Antibodies to coxsackievirus may also be measured if desired but is generally