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A 28-year-old member asked:

My child has scarlet fever. is she contagious?

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Dr. Joseph Teel
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Yes.: Scarlet fever is the result of an infection due to streptococcus bacteria, typically resulting from strep throat in children. So, your child would be considered contagious until treated for their presumed strep infection. Just make sure the rash is actually scarlett fever and not resulting from a different cause such as a virus.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Scarlet Fever: Scarlet fever is highly contagious! as soon as a person contracts it, he becomes contagious to those around him. The bacteria causing it reside in the throat, mouth, nose, or on the skin of the infected person. It usually spreads through water droplets, expelled by the infected person when he coughs or sneezes, as well as through his saliva and mucus.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: These patients are considered contagious from at least 24 hrs prior to the onset of the fever/rash and for the first 24 hours after starting treatment. Those who acquire the strep from this case would be expected to also develop the rash unless treated prior to the onset of fever.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how contagious is scarlet fever?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Avoidable: With good hand washing and avoiding any oral secretions of the patient this is avoidable.Scarlet fever is just a form of group A strep disease, commonly a throat infection.Once the patient has been on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours, they are no longer considered contagious.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of scarlet fever in a child?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Fever, sore throat &: Scarlet fever is most often seen in school age children. They present with fever, sore throat, and red morbilliform rash (feels like sand paper). Strawberry tongue and mild abdominal pain are also common.

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