Herpangina

Overview

Herpangina is an illness caused by a virus, characterized by small blister-like bumps or ulcers that appear in the mouth, usually in the back of throat or the roof of the mouth. If your child has herpangina, she will probably have a high fever. Herpangina is very contagious and is usually seen in children between the ages of 1 and 4. It's seen most often in the summer and fall.

What causes herpangina?

Herpangina is caused by a virus. The most common viruses that cause herpangina are:

  • coxsackie virus
  • echovirus