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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Herpangina

I'll say it again, just for the effect. Herpangina. Isn't that a disgusting word? My kids have it right now. No, it's not herpes, and no, it's not some crazy mutation where they have fingers growing out of their ears or something.

But seriously, who the hell thought of this name? I'm imagining there were two pervert doctor dudes sitting around, and one day and said "hey, I wonder what herpes and vagina would sound like if you put them into ONE word!?" It was then that Herpangina was born.

The actual definition is this:

Herpangina is caused by a virus known as the "Coxsackie virus", because it was first found in patients in the town of Coxsackie in eastern New York.

Typically a person with herpangina has a fever and a very sore throat, and possibly a sore mouth as well. If you look inside the mouth, you will most likely see a very red throat at the back and a very red area at the back of the roof of the mouth, with several small (1-2 mm in diameter) blisters that look just like canker sores. These are caused by the virus, unlike true canker sores. However they behave just like canker sores: they hurt a great deal.

Unfortunately, since it is caused by a virus, there is no medicine that will make the infection itself go away -- you have to wait for your body's immune system to get rid of the virus.

Let's start with the first sentence in the definition. "Herpangina is caused by a virus known as the "Coxsackie virus", because it was first found in patients in the town of Coxsackie in eastern New York."

Oh great. My mind is already in the gutter, and then they tell me the name of the virus came from a town called Coxsackie? Cocks-sack-ie? A town with penis in its name. Sweet. I can just see it...."Yes, I'm a doctor and I live in Penis Town. I've come up with the perfect name for this virus and it's called Herpangina". I know, I'm sick...sick sick sick. But what do you expect when you tell me my kids have Herpangina? Eww.

That last sentence is the best part. It's a virus, which means you can t do anything about it except try to stay comfortable and let it run its course. So I have to continue to allow Herpangina in my home. In my kids' mouths.

Sweet.

Did you read the part about the blisters? Yea, those are pretty. I was going to post a picture of them on my blog, but just googling the images makes me want to throw up. Gross. I tried to take my own pictures but my kids wont let me near their mouths. I walked over to my 4-year-old with a flashlight today, and asked him if I could take a look in his mouth, and he ran away screaming.....like I told him I was going to cut off his arm or something. Okay, whatevs! I wont look, then!

My mommy instinct tells me to read read read about this virus and learn as much as I can, mostly just for the human education. I'm one of those people who will dive into particular subject if it's relatively interesting- which this is- but I seriously cant get past the name or the gross pictures and descriptions that come with it.

"Sorry Jack, mommy doesn't know how to make you feel better because she'll barf if she reads the directions...".

Almost.

The good news is (the information that I was able to read) that it says once caught by someone, they are generally immune afterward. Not always, but generally.


And then it's on to the next disgusting virus...

9 comments:

The Mom said...

Oh crap, i'm sorry about the herpes vagina thing! I hope the kids are comfortable....Tylenol? Motrin? I hope mom and dad are immune.

Amy said...

YUCKO! One of my kids had this too but we lovingly referred to it as "Hand, foot, mouth disease". Not sure if that sounds any better, but it is definitely less offensive! Check their hands and feet for blisters too. Also, you can give them a little bit of Maalox to numb the sores in their mouths. Hope they get better soon!

pittser79 said...

Oh no! That's so sad. And I think my mind is in the gutter too. Note to self - really must get to church. Little James has Chicken Pox this week. Also sad.Wish I had some brilliant advice on how to cure these things, but I don't. Sigh. Oh ya, I remember when James had the hand-foot thing too. My sister probably was too embarrassed to refer to it was vagina herpes thing. She did say something about James having herpes tho.

Dana said...

Ditto what Amy said, around here the same thing is referred to as hand, foot and mouth disease. At least it doesn't sound like herpes and vagina, lol. Zach had it two weeks ago. Motrin was his best friend for about five days. I hope the kiddos get well soon!

Nicole said...

what the hell do they think your going to think of when they call it that???? I know it as hand foot mouth also. I think shay had it (remember when I didnt know if I should cancel your baby shower?) a few times!!! Anyway they live and will get something else next week. Stop looking at the pictures!!!!

Annie said...

OMG! My kids got this too. Actually they started with hand-foot-mouth disease. This is seriously the WORST virus that I've ever seen! My son (9 months) came down with it first (2 weeks ago). Then my daughter (3 years) caught it. We thought it was gone and then it relapsed in my daughter with Herpangina this time. I don't know what to do. The doctor prescribed Acyclomed for her so that they symptoms wouldn't be as severe. You should also try something called "magic mouthwash". It's a prescription but I guess it's basically a combo of Benedryl and Mylanta. I guess it workds wonders. I wouldn't know b/c my daughter refused to take it! My husband actually got hand-foot-mouth too. Apparently it's almost unheard of for an adult to get it. Go figure! So, I've been freakin' nurse nancy for 2 weeks and I'm loosing my damn mind! Someone help me and tell me that it's going to get better. PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

I'm 22 and was just diagnosed with this sick vagina/herpes/cocks virus.

You best believe that when the doctor said "You have Herpangina" I said "What the fuck is that?"

And to know that it's a virus, and can stay on vacation in my mouth as long as it wants to, pisses me off. And that Magic mouthwash, is not working.

Enough of the rant, this virus is nasty. And I mean nasty. I feel like I have infestation in my mouth.

I feel bad for you and your kids. That's a lot of gina herpes to experience in two weeks.

AMY said...

MY SON WHO IS SIX HAS THIS AND IT IS THE SICKEST HE HAS EVER BEEN! I HATE THIS BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU CAN DO. I GIVE HIM THE MAGIC MOUTHWASH AND HE TELLS ME IT DOESNT HELP. TYLENOL AND MOTRIN. HE HASNT ATE IN 5 DAYS. I AM SOOO READY FOR THIS TO BE GONE. HE CANT SHUT HIS MOUTH ALL THE WAY BECAUSE IT IS SO SWOLLEN WITH SORES. THEY ARE CAKED AROUND HIS GUMS! IT IS GOING ON 5 DAYS WHEN WILL IT BREAK?

Anonymous said...

I just got back from the doctor with my daughter I thought my doctor was calling it Vangina and when i tried to look it up you can guess what I found!!! I was not happy finally I found this site that made me feel a hole lot better. Motrin is her best friend right now even though it's a fight to get her to take it .
Thanks

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