Patient Comments: Herpangina - Symptoms and Signs


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Comment from: Marisa, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 10

My child had a high fever of 103 and chills. She said her teeth hurt. Next day she had sores in the mouth. The child refused to drank anything! I took her to the hospital and was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, however, I took her to her doctor who said she did not have that because there were no rashes. So she instead was diagnosed with herpangina which makes more sense. My 3 year old loves to take her diaper off especially when she passes motion.

Comment from: Wulfyc6209 , 0-2 (Caregiver) Published: August 07

My child ended up in the emergency room last night with a fever of 103.5 after Tylenol. By the time we got there it was 104.3. She was extremely fussy and had been sleeping most of the day with a fever of 101 to 102 after Tylenol. It was confirmed herpangina because of the blisters in the back of her throat, but no other symptoms and strep test was negative. She has been drinking here and there and Motrin has been keeping the fever around 100 to 101.

Comment from: Sarah, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 07

My son had a fever and spots in his throat which we initially thought was strep. The next day he woke up with major mouth sores/ulcers. He has had on and off fever and has developed many more sores now in his throat. He has been out of school a week now with herpangina and is still having a fever on day 8 (101.9). It has been difficult to get him to eat or drink but we are pushing it hard. No sores on any other part of his body. We have had him stuck inside all day and are hopeful this fever will break soon.

Comment from: Mommy, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 19

My daughter is 20 months. She was fine and then all of a sudden on Saturday morning she was quiet, lethargic, and sleepy (so not like her). I felt her body and it was warm. I came home, took her temperature and it was 100.9. I gave her some cool water and a Popsicle, took her temperature again an hour later. It went up to 101.9. I gave her ibuprofen 5 ml. I took temperature 45 minutes later, and it went up again! She was still playful in between fever spikes so I thought she may have been teething on last few molars so I wrote it off. The next day, she was having fits, very irritable, crying about everything, we then noticed she had major outbursts when she was eating. We then rushed her to the emergency room (ER). They looked at her feet and hands first, based on the symptoms we gave. She had nothing on them, but they found the blisters in the back of her mouth. I was highly upset to find it was a virus and not a bacterial infection like strep that could be treated immediately. But she is doing fine, here it is the third day since diagnosis of herpangina, and she has only had mild fevers and nibbles here and there on food. She drinks with no problem. I made sure to give her fluids and foods shortly after ibuprofen kicked in. I also gave probiotics, vitamin C dissolve tablets, and echinacea drops each morning. She will be out of daycare for the whole week. I’m not sure if she got it from daycare or somewhere the week before when she was with my mom on vacation.

Comment from: someones dad, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 05

My son was feeling great on Friday. We went out to dinner and he had quite an appetite. After dinner we went to the park, then had movie night, he was so excited and full of energy the whole time. The next morning (Saturday) he woke up crying (very rare) and had a fever of 103-104. He was lethargic and had very little to no appetite. He was very cranky and moody and had difficulty sleeping and excessive drooling. We watched through Sunday and he got worse with still a high fever, and we offered him popsicles and gave him lukewarm baths. He still did not want to eat. Finally took him to the doctor on Monday morning and they looked in the back of his throat and confirmed it was herpangina. He got it from his daycare. There was a notice sent to parents that the room next door to his had a confirmed case of (mild) Coxsackie virus. I bet the fact that it's just in the mouth is why it is herpangina. I did not notice any sores or bumps on his hands or feet or outside of his mouth. However there are bumps now on his elbow.

Comment from: Waterpolo mom, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 14

My son had high fever of 102.5 C and severe headache that woke him up from sleep. His throat started to show white little blisters and red dots next day. We took him to the doctor"s suspecting strep throat but the test came back as negative. As for where he got this herpangina, I am suspecting the swimming pool that he spent 4 hours a day.

Comment from: ConcernMom, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 30

My son had all symptoms of herpangina. He started off with a high fever of 103.7. After the fever broke the following day, his throat began to hurt. I took him to the doctor and the doctor stated there were blisters in the back of my son's throat. He is going on his fourth day of a sore throat. He eats very little and feels much better when eating popsicle.

Comment from: motomom, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 09

My son started out with just fever (102.7) and cold symptoms. His throat became sore by the 3rd day. I thought he had strep throat and took him to the doctor when the herpangina sore was found. He was lucky in that he only got one sore. I have heard of cases where the child had a much higher temperature and multiple sores. It took about 12 to 14 days for all symptoms to disappear.


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Comment from: SHARDAE23, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 05

My son had all the symptoms: high fevers and sores at the back of his throat. He didn't want to do anything but drink fluids and sleep. He didn't eat much or do physical activity.

Comment from: Nyatengo, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 12

My child had a high fever around 39 C (102.2).


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