Since this condition is viral, treating the symptoms is all you can do to make your child comfortable. Most often, herpangina is diagnosed by a healthcare professional, but it is considered mild and has no specific treatment. Some suggestions to relieve symptoms are:
- Reducing pain and fever with ibuprofen or acetaminophen
- Increasing cold fluids or foods, like sugar-free ice pops
- Eating a non-irritating, bland diet
- Gargling with cool water or Peroxyl
Trying to maintain the oral environment while your child is sick may be a challenge, but encourage or assist with toothbrushing and other oral hygiene routines. Swish with a mouthwash to promote the healing of minor mouth irritations. But be sure to check in with your dentist that a rinse is age-appropriate before incorporating it into your child's oral care routine.
Like many other viruses, herpangina is contagious and can be spread easily to classmates or siblings. It is important to take precautions like good hand hygiene and disinfecting surfaces your child has touched. Perhaps most important is isolating your ill child and keeping them home from school or daycare until they have completely recovered.