What is hand-foot- mouth disease (HFMD) or herpangina?
Hand-foot- mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral infection that can cause painful sores over areas like the child’s mouth, hands, feet and buttocks. Herpangina is similar to HFMD, but is characterised by blister-like ulcers on the roof of the mouth and at the back of the throat. These ulcers tend to be light gray with a red border.
Symptoms in children may include tiredness, sore throat or mild fever before the appearance of the sores or blisters. However, in some cases, there are very mild or no symptoms at all. This condition can last for up to 10 days if no treatment is taken.