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Can You Scarlet Fever
Scarlet fever Sx's: May include red, sore throat with red tongue which may have a white coating, headaches, nausea, vomiting ; a rash that feels like sandpaper ; is red. Swollen glands, fever ; generalized aching also occur. Scarlet fever needs to be treated with antibiotics to prevent complications. ...Read more
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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 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Contagious: Scarlet fever is a form of strep throat. The bacteria that infect the throat produce a substance that give you the rash. It can be treated with antibiotics. If it is left untreated it can cause rheumatic fever which affects the heart. Someone with a strep infection is not contagious after having been on antibiotics for 24 hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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