Herpangina - Treatment

What treatment or medications did your child receive for herpangina?

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What is the treatment for herpangina?

Treatment is supportive, just like for most viruses. Fever control and pain control with antipyretics, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) is generally the primary treatment. It is important to keep children well hydrated as well, and often young children will be resistant to drinking or eating. The aptly named "magic mouthwash" is an alternative treatment used to control the mouth pain associated with herpangina. There are various recipes, but most include a topical pain medication such as viscous lidocaine as well as some sort of additional liquids which function as a barrier. Your child's health-care provider might prescribe one of these. It is important to remember that these types of medications should always be used as directed by your provider, since some of the components may have serious side effects if given in too high a concentration. Remember that since herpangina is caused by a virus, antibiotics have no role in the treatment, nor do any antiviral medications currently available.

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