What is herpangina?ulcers on the roof of the mouthheadacheneck painhand, foot, and mouth diseaseenteroviruses
- belly pain or nausea
- ulcers in the mouth, on tonsils, or on the soft palate
- loss of appetite
- excessive fussiness
- being drowsy
- sore throat
Ibuprofen or acetaminophenThese medications can ease any discomfort and reduce fever. Do not use aspirin to treat symptoms of a viral infection in children or teenagers. This has been linked to Reye’s syndrome, a life-threatening illness that results in sudden swelling and inflammation in the liver and brain.
Topical anestheticsCertain anesthetics, such as lidocaine, can provide relief for a sore throat and any other mouth pain associated with herpangina. With treatment, symptoms should disappear within seven days with no lasting effects. If the symptoms worsen or linger longer than 10 days, you should see your doctor again.
Therapeutic mouthwashA daily mouth rinse made with warm water and salt may relieve pain and sensitivity in the mouth and throat. You can use the rinse as often as you need.
Increased fluid intakeIt’s important to drink plenty of fluids during recovery, especially cold milk and water. Eating popsicles can also help soothe a sore throat. Avoid citrus drinks and hot beverages, as they may make symptoms worse.
Bland dietSpicy, crunchy, fried, salty, or acidic foods may make the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing worse. Instead, eat soft, bland foods until the ulcers are healed. These foods could include:
- dairy products