Recently we got stuck in the hospital because my younger son suddenly ceased to eat his meals. He lost his appetite, lost his interest in food and constantly complained that his tongue and inner mouth hurts, everytime I coax him to eat or better yet just to nibble on some food. I soon found out what was causing his discomfort, the inner walls of his mouth and his upper and inner tongue was berserked with mouth sores and lesions!I decided to bring him to the pedia who recommended that my son should be confined as it's been 2-3 days that he didn't have solid food intake already! The findings, HERPANGINA, a viral infection that is common among children and highly contagious,too. Frankly, I haven't encountered such an illness yet and I realized that something as mouth sores can actually be fatal, especially if there are countless of them since a child will totally lose interest to eat! And so we landed on the hospital for the much needed treatment of antibiotics which were administered intravenously. My elder son was not spared too, since I also had to have him confined a day after my younger son's confinement because of the same complaints and symptoms!
I looked up the term HERPANGINA in the wikipedia and here is what I found out;
Herpangina, also called mouth blisters, is the name of a painful mouth infection caused by coxsackieviruses. Usually, herpangina is produced by one particular strain of coxsackie virus A (and the term "herpangina virus" refers to coxsackievirus A) but it can also be caused by coxsackievirus B or echoviruses. It is most common in children, and very contagious.
The symptoms are treated as necessary:
* Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) by mouth for fever and discomfort as the doctor recommends.
* Increase fluid intake, especially cold milk products. Gargle with cool water or try eating popsicles. Avoid hot beverages and citrus fruits.
* Eat a non-irritating diet. (Cold milk products, including ice cream, are often the best choices during herpangina infection. Fruit juices are too acidic and tend to irritate the mouth sores.) Avoid spicy, fried, or hot foods.
* Use topical anesthetics for the mouth (these may contain benzocaine or xylocaine and are usually not required).
Our pedia also prescribed an oral solution,Difflam,which the child has to gargle at least 3 times a day. It is mild for use among children and a topical anesthetic that really relieved the kids,too.