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Can Adults Get Scarlet Fever
Scarlet fever: A streptococcal infection which creates a rash which feels like sandpaper, blanches on pressure, more accentuated in creases of the skin, and with red face with pallor around mouth. It is caused by a toxin excreted by group a strep and is treated by getting rid of the strep with penicillin or other antibiotics. ...Read more
Very quickly: Scarlet fever, the triad of fever, strep throat & scarletina rash, is treated very soon after starting penicillin antibiotics (assuming no allergy to this medication). Within 24 hrs of starting antibiotics patients are no longer infectious to others. The rash may last for several days or even a week, but fever & sore throat improve much sooner. ...Read more
What is the longest time after untreated scarlet fever can an 8 yr old get complications. If he had it 13wks ago is it completely behind?
Complications: What kind of complications are we looking at? Renal complications usually develop early ( within 3-8 weeks) after the disease and leads to microscopic hematuria and glomerulnephriris ( name for renal disease) lasts approx three months. If heart complications, rheumatic fever, it usually develop a little later and has no cure. Nervous complications ( sydenham chorea) is late complication. ...Read more
My 5yr olds bilirubin is 0.8 is that bad? Hes had a virus with a scarlet fever rash.. Are there ways to get the bilirubin down naturally?
In normal range: Nothing to do.Get a more detailed answer ›
I m allergic to penicillin keflex azithromiacin my daughter has scarlet fever and i m worried about what i can take if i get it ?
Don't panic: Scarlet fever is an acute febrile illness, primarily affecting children, caused by group a beta-hemolytic streptococci. Clinical manifestations include fever, sore throat, and fine sand-paper like rash caused by a toxin produced by the strep. Although penicillins are antibiotics of choice, there are other antibiotics that are effective. Your doctor will know. A throat culture is helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have clear drainage from nose and developed an under skin rash like like the one you get with scarlet fever however it's on my arm only.What is this?
Strep throat: Scarlet fever is caused by the same bacteria that causes strep throat. It is just a different manifestation of it. Diagnosing scarlet fever usually means that the child has a rash that is typical, red sandpaper like feel. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, vomiting, stomachache and sore throat. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Strep gone wild: Scarlet fever is from the bacteria "strep". To put it simply, this is the skins reaction to the bacteria and you get a rough/sand papery rash with scarlet fever in addition to a sore throat and fever.This condition needs prompt antibiotics and if left untreated the infection can progress and you can become quite ill. I recommend you seek prompt medical attention. This can also be other illnesses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anyone can get: Scarlet Fever, which is simply a strep infection with a rash. It is no more serious than a strep throat, and if diagnosed is easily treated with an antibiotic. It got a bad reputation from the book, The Velveteen Rabbit, which was written before we had antibiotics to easily treat strep/scarlet fever. ...Read more
Think sunburn: The color is like a sunburn & the feel is like sandpaper.It tends to start first in the under pants area, armpits & folds of the arms with an interesting pale halo around the mouth.If the if it started with a sore throat, the tongue is beefy red & tonsils swollen. It can be triggered by infection in other body areas. ...Read more
Strep test: Scarlet fever is the common name for a rash generated by a chemical produced by some strains of group a streptococcus. The rash generally starts to appear within 24hrs of an active infection & continues to intensify until the germs begin to die off in treatment. Within weeks of the infection various blood tests might show the rise of strep antibody titers, but the mainstay of DX is a quick strep. ...Read more
No: Both are triggered by the same bacteria GABHS, but are different diseases. Rheumatic fever is caused by the overreaction of the own body's immune system, which may attack it's own structures (like the heart and the joints). Scarlet fever occurs when that bacteria is infected with a virus that causes a toxin which makes the skin red and harsh but it may also cause rheumatic fever as a sequel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rash: Fever, rash (typically sandpaper like), headache, vomiting and sore throat. It's caused by group a strep or the strep throat bug. Sometimes people miss the sore throat and maybe even the fever. After the rash you may get peeling of the hands and feet. If you think you might have scarlet fever, see your doctor soon for a strep test and skin evaluation. ...Read more
I see cases yearly: Scarlet fever in the days before antibiotics was a truly scary disease. Weeks of high temperature and pealing red skin rash were often followed by other complications. Today it is muted by treatment. The rash generally starts within 12hrs of a fever with any strain of strep that can make the erythrotoxin.Treatment kills enough strep to minimize the rash & shorten the illness. ...Read more
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