Definition of Herpangina

Herpangina is a viral illness in which ulcers and sores (lesions) form inside the mouth, and there is a sore throat and fever.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Herpangina is typically caused by Coxsackie group A viruses.

Signs and tests

Tests are not normally necessary. Diagnosis can usually be made from the history and physical examination.


The symptoms are treated as necessary:

Expectations (prognosis)

The illness normally clears up within a week.


Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 11/2/2009

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