Herpangina - good to know

Good to know

Yellow deposits on the tonsils suggest an additional bacterial infection. Then visit the doctor again, as he may have to prescribe antibiotics. If symptoms such as severe headaches, neck stiffness and dizziness develop, this indicates spread of the pathogens - the doctor should be consulted immediately.

A confusing relationship

  • The group of coxsackie, ECHO and enteroviruses is quite complicated, their designation in constant flux in recent years (so that sometimes even the experts are unsure). Often they are lumped together. They have one thing in common: they do not cause any infectious diseases in an organ, but cause many different symptoms in many parts of the body and they are transmitted by smear and smear infections ("faecal-oral").
  • In addition to the Herpangina and other infections of the pharynx, these viruses can cause, for example, infections of the gastrointestinal tract, muscle inflammation, the summer flu, skin or eye infections. Also for the diabetes type 1 coxsackie (B) viruses are made responsible.
  • Quite often, especially in children, is the harmless hand-mouth-foot disease, which is triggered by the same subgroup as the Herpangina. It manifests itself through blisters on hands, feet and in / on the mouth and possibly slight fever. The general condition is not or hardly affected. Again, after two weeks at the latest, everything is over. The therapeutic procedure is similar to that of Herpangina.
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