Herpangina is a viral disease which involves formation of ulcers and sores inside the mouth and sore throat and fever. This diseaseis caused by Coxsackie group A virus.Hepangina usually occurs in children mostly between the age of 3 and 10 years. Herpangina is contagious and children are more prone to contract the disease while in school or while in neighborhood.
The most commonly observed symptoms are:
- Loss of appetite
- Ulcers in the mouth and throat. The ulcers have a whitish gray base and a red border. They can be very painful.
- Sores on the hands, feet and buttocks
- Painful swallowing