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my 5 yr old has herpangina, how long is it contagious for?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
May be a week: It would be contagious while there are active lesions. The disease usually resolves in about a week. See this site for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001964/.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry 20 years experience
Herpangina: Viral condition common in 3-10 year olds. A thorough examination and definitive diagnosis is important. Call your health care provider if: fever, sore throat, or mouth sores last for more than 5 days. Your child is having trouble drinking liquids or looks dehydrated, or fever becomes very high or does not go away. Good communication is very important.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Herpangina: As long as active lesions are present, usually within first week.

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