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Red blisters on the roof of mouth and throat, swollen tongue with whitish film, breathing trouble. Relief measures?

I m pretty sure my daughter has herpangina (?sp). She has red/white blisters on roof of her mouth and her throat. No hand/ foot sores. Her tongue is pretty swollen and is covered in a whitish film. She s saying she feels like she s having trouble breathing almost like when she s coughing but she doesn t need to cough. Do the sores spread down the throat enough to cause breathing problems? I know this is most likely viral therefore antibiotics won t work but is there something that can be prescribed?
Asked On : Tue, 30 Oct 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi,
Thank you for the query.
Herpangina is a acute febrile illness assosicated with small vesicular or ulcerative lesions on the posterior oropharyngeal structures. The lesions are whitish gray i color and lead to pain and itching in the oral cavity, difficulty in swallowing .
This can be treated by a course of antibiotics and analgesics and betadine gargle and application of topical anaesthetics will help in taking food and give relief from pain.
Hope this information helps you.
Answered: Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.

Herpangina is a self-limited syndrome which resolves on its own after a week or so.

Treatment is supportive, like for most viruses. Fever control and pain control with antipyretics, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen is generally the primary treatment. It is important to keep children hydrated as well, and often young children will be resistant to drinking or eating.

The "magic mouthwash" is an alternative treatment used to control the mouth pain associated with herpangina.


Eat a non-irritating diet. Avoid spicy, fried, or hot foods.
Use topical anesthetics for the mouth.

Regards.
Answered: Tue, 30 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friends,
Thanks for sharing your concern.

Herpangina is a self-limiting viral diseases. Which resolves on its own after a week or so.

Treatment is supportive and symptomatic.

Fever and pain control with antipyretics, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen is generally the primary treatment.

Keep her hydrated, by maximum intake of fluids.

The "magic mouthwash" is an alternative treatment used to control the mouth pain associated with herpangina.

Betadiene gargling might also help, avoid spicy and hot food stuff.

Hope it helps.
Thanks take care.
Answered: Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hi and welcome,
Formation of red blisters on the oral mucous membrane is definitly inflammation of the mucosa called as mucositis. It involves the cheek mucosa , throat , hard and soft palate , lips leading to pain, burning sensation and makes swallowing difficult.
It can be due to viral infection of herpes, treatment for this is symptomatic.
maintain good oral hygiene, mouth rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash like chlorhexidine will give soothing effect and promote healing.
Start with antioxidant supplement like LYcopene 2000mcg tablets 2 times daily for 5 days.
analgesics and antipyretics can be used for relief of pain and fever.
take care.
Answered: Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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