Typically indicated by the trademark small blisters it leaves along the roof of the mouth and into the back of the throat, herpangina is an infection that mostly affects children in their mouths and throats
Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very similar condition to herpangina, but the two are distinguishable from each other by the location of the ulcers. It is a highly contagious disease but fortunately, it is eminently treatable. Usually very easy to treat, some of the symptoms to look out for are listed below and expanded upon. Herpangina is most active in the period between mid-fall and early spring, like a lot of nasty little viruses that seem to come with the harsh weather.
A variety of treatments are used to treat herpangina, from traditional over the counter medicines to home remedies that use more natural ingredients to tackle the beast. The disease usually runs its course over the space of a week or two.
1. Sore throat
A sore throat is typical for herpangina, and pretty much unavoidable for anyone suffering from the illness. The blisters and the ulcers that form are the main issues, as their formation is a painful process, as is the way evolve from initially appearing to their eventual disappearance. Similarly to herpes blisters, the herpangina blisters evolve through a process. Their arrival is usually indicated by a tingling and itchy sensation in the mouth until one blister is present.
This initial blister is usually the biggest blister but is followed by sometimes dozens of similar blisters that reach right to the back of the throat. Even breathing in can be painful and it really is something of an endurance test to overcome the misery of the sore throat caused by herpangina.
Over the counter medicines and anti-inflammatory drugs can help, but the main cause of the pain is the blisters themselves, making topical application of gels and creams a good way of managing this decidedly unpleasant symptom.