Herpangina is a viral infection that commonly occurs in young children.
- refusal to eat or drink due to the pain,
- high fever,
- irritability, and
- difficulty swallowing.
There is a risk for dehydration if affected children are unable or unwilling to eat or drink.
Cause of herpangina
A Coxsackievirus typically causes herpangina, although other viruses belonging to the Enterovirus family may also cause the condition. The infection usually spreads via the fecal-oral route (the contamination of hands and other surfaces with fecal matter) or via the air droplets from coughing or sneezing by an infected person.
Other herpangina symptoms and signs
- Difficulty Swallowing
- High Fever
- Refusal to Eat or Drink Due to the Pain
- Sore Throat with Sores or Blisters at the Back of the Throat and on the Palate
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