Treatment for Herpangina
Herpangina treatment depends on your child’s age, symptoms, general health, and severity of the condition. Because this is a viral infection, treatment will involve lessening symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as possible, as antibiotics are not effective in treating viruses.
Treatment may include:
Drinking more fluids: Hydration is vital, as painful ulcers may limit their fluid intake.
Taking pain relief medicine: Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may reduce fever as well as pain from the ulcers. Oral pain lozenges may also help relieve ulcer pain.
Eating a bland diet: Foods like milk and ice cream may be easier to consume, and it’s best to avoid spicy or acidic foods.
If you or your child is experiencing a persistent high fever, seek medical attention immediately. Your doctor or physician will be able to diagnose herpangina and recommend the best treatment. Further, mouth ulcers are easy to identify, so your oral care provider can diagnose herpangina and provide recommended treatment options as well.
We never want to see our children sick, but it happens. Luckily, most children with herpangina recover after a week. In the meantime, be sure to remind your children to wash their hands at home and school. After all, a healthier life is a happier life.