By Gary M. White, MD

Herpangina is a viral infection in a child causing oral vesicles and ulcers. Coxsackie group A, occasionally group B or the Echo virus are usually causative. A high fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain may occur.


Discrete ulcers or vesicles limited to the posterior 1/3 of the mouth, e.g. anterior pillars, soft palate, uvula and tonsils) in a child is characteristic.


No treatment is needed other than supportive measures.


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