Herpetic Pharyngitis

What is Herpetic Pharyngitis?

Herpes pharyngitis – pharyngitis, caused by Herpes simplex, is less than 5% of all pharyngitis.

Symptoms of Herpetic Pharyngitis

The first episode after infection occurs acutely with the appearance of a vesicular rash on the back of the pharynx, tonsils, and sometimes on the tongue and mucous membrane of the cheeks. Vesicles quickly turn into painful erosion, covered with bloom.

When herpetic pharyngitis on the back of the throat and tonsils appear plaque or erosion on the back of the throat and tonsils. A third of patients later develop rash on the tongue, mucous membrane of the cheeks and gums. Characterized by fever lasting 2-7 days and an increase in cervical lymph nodes. Herpetic pharyngitis may be indistinguishable from bacterial tonsillitis, pharyngitis caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and ulcerations of a mucous membrane of a different etiology (for example, in Stevens-Johnson syndrome).

The severe form of herpetic pharyngitis is described as herpangina (herpetic angina), which proceeds with symptoms of intoxication, fever, swollen lymph nodes.

Oral-genital and oral-anal sex is considered proven to transmit herpes simplex virus.

There is no convincing evidence that recurrences of herpes in the face and mouth can occur in the form of pharyngitis.