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I am pregnant. Is it bad to be around a child who is diagnosed with scarlet fever?

I am pregnant. Is it bad to be around a child who is diagnosed with scarlet fever?

Scarlet...: ...Fever is just a strep throat that runs with a rash. A child with this disease would be contagious for about 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic, and is safe after that. ...Read more

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How long is it until your child can return to school after being diagnosed with scarlet fever?

How long is it until your child can return to school after being diagnosed with scarlet fever?

24 to 48 hours: Once your child starts taking antibiotics you can return in 24 hours. How ever if your child is febrile wait 24 hours after the fever is gone. ...Read more

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Can a child with scarlet fever pass it on to infant?

Can a child with scarlet fever pass it on to infant?

Contageous/different: The child with true scarlet fever is infected with a strain of strep a that produces chemicals that cause the red rash.Infants in close contact (mucous or droplet secretions) have ~1/4 risk in acquiring the germ, less if contact is distant. Infants often have more a nasal carriage than throat.(to guide testing)after 24hrs on meds the infected kid is not likely to pass it to anyone. ...Read more

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How does a child contract scarlet fever streptococcal infection?

How does a child contract scarlet fever streptococcal infection?

Other people: Strep is a bacteria that is passed from one person to another by mucous droplets. Strep is quite contagious and easily spread from one to another. ...Read more

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My child has scarlet fever. Is she contagious?

My child has scarlet fever.  Is she contagious?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symtoms of scarlet fever in a i year old child? What also are some of the long term effects of a i year old child after having scarlet fever un- checked for several days?

What are the symtoms of scarlet fever in a i year old child? What also are some of the long term effects of a i year old child after having scarlet fever un- checked for several days?

Scarlet : Scarlet fever is caused by group a streptoccoccus - the same bacteria that causes strep throat. The symptoms usually start 1-2 days after infection and include sore throat, fever, sand papery red rash, abdominal pain, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, swollen red tongue and/or bright red color in the creases of the underarm or groin. With proper antibiotic treatment, the symptoms typically improve quickly (2-3 days) though the rash can last for a few weeks. Long term complications are extremely rare with treatment. The most concerning complication is acute rheumatic fever which occurs around 20 days after the start of infection if the patient is not treated with antibiotics. This can cause permanent heart valve damage. Other rare complications of untreated strep are bone or joint problems, kidney problems, inflammation of a gland, ear infection, meningitis, pneumonia, or sinusitis. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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I had scarlet fever as a child. I'm now 46 and all rapid strep tests result in faint positive-culture comes back neg. Is the SF somehow to blame?

I had scarlet fever as a child. I'm now 46 and all rapid strep tests result in faint positive-culture comes back neg. Is the SF somehow to blame?

No: The rapid test samples mucous/germs in your throat. It has no way of being influenced by your past medical history.Your throat mucous can never yield that data. The "faint" false positive has been proven negative enough times that it suggests a degree of unreliability for the test used, or how it is being done. ...Read more

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If a child has strep & gets scarlet fever, will the rash show up immediately when the symptoms start or can it take a few days for the rash to start?

If a child has strep & gets scarlet fever, will the rash show up immediately when the symptoms start or can it take a few days for the rash to start?

Usually soon: The rash producing chemical that is generated by the strep is created after the start of the infection when it has reproduced in enough numbers to make the rash toxin.Studies suggest it will be evident by 12 hours after the appearance of fever in the illness.Not all strep will produce the rash, only those with the extra dna to make the extra toxin. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of scarlet fever in a child?

What are symptoms of scarlet fever in a child?

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. ...Read more

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If you had scarlet fever as a child can peeling hands many years later be caused by having had scarlet fever?

If you had scarlet fever as a child can peeling hands many years later be caused by having had scarlet fever?

Not the cause...: Although after having Scarlet Fever you can get peeling (desquamation) of the skin on the hands/feet, this occurs towards the end of the acute illness. Years later, the cause is likely dry skin or another completely unrelated issue. The strep infection from years ago is not to blame. ...Read more

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I had untreated scarlet fever when I was a child. I have had heart palpitations and I suffer from joint pain all the time. How do I know it's from SF?

I had untreated scarlet fever when I was a child. I have had heart palpitations and I suffer from joint pain all the time. How do I know it's from SF?

Characteristic echo: An echocardiogram can easily diagnose the type of damage Scarlett fever causes, even many decades later. Generally, a single bout doesn't cause heart damage, but multiple bouts can. Regardless, an echo is indicated to evaluate your palpitations, regardless of cause, so that's a good starting place. SF causes joint pain during the infection, but not years later. ...Read more

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Recently the doctor found out that i had scarlet fever but i had just had my flu shot. I've been having chest pains since the flu shot. Is it bad?

Recently the doctor found out that i had scarlet fever but i had just had my flu shot. I've been having chest pains since the flu shot. Is it bad?

Neither the flu...: Vaccine nor the scarlet fever are common causes of chest pain but the pain suggests that you should see your doctor. Chest pain in a 25 year old woman could be lots of things, most of them benign but do not neglect the pain. ...Read more

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Im 26 weeks pregnant and my 2 years daughter got infected by scarlet fever. If i got infected will it be danger to my pregnancy and baby?

Im 26 weeks pregnant and my 2 years daughter got infected by scarlet  fever. If i got infected will it be danger to my pregnancy and baby?

Not increased risk: Scarlet fever doesn't pose increased risk to pregnant women. The only concern would be if you developed a very high fever with such an illness. Use of tylenol (acetaminophen) to keep temperature under 102 is a good idea. Scarlet fever is caused by group a strep, not the group b strep that can colonize a women's vagina ; cause risk to the baby at birth or rarely miscarriage, ; premature birth, or stillbirth. ...Read more

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Exposed to scarlet fever, how long before symptoms will show? My 1 year old is in the stage of giving kisses. She has been kissing both her daddy and i on the mouth frequently and yesterday was diagnosed with scarlet fever. How long is the incubation p

Exposed to scarlet fever,  how long before symptoms will show? My 1 year old is in the stage of giving kisses.  She has been kissing both her daddy and i on the mouth frequently and yesterday was diagnosed with scarlet fever.  How long is the incubation p

Scarlet : Scarlet fever is caused by group a streptoccoccus - the same bacteria that causes strep throat. The symptoms usually start 1-2 days after infection and include sore throat, fever, sand papery red rash, abdominal pain, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, swollen red tongue and/or bright red color in the creases of the underarm or groin. With proper antibiotic treatment, the symptoms typically improve quickly (2-3 days) though the rash can last for a few weeks. Long term complications are extremely rare with treatment. The most concerning complication is acute rheumatic fever which occurs around 20 days after the start of infection if the patient is not treated with antibiotics. This can cause permanent heart valve damage. Other rare complications of untreated strep are bone or joint problems, kidney problems, inflammation of a gland, ear infection, meningitis, pneumonia, or sinusitis. ...Read more

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What part of the body does scarlet fever attack?

What part of the body does scarlet fever attack?

Throat+ system: Some strains of strep have additional genes that code for making a toxin that spreads thru the blood & gives a red, sandpaper & sunburn like rash starting within 12 hrs of the fever. The fever can be quite dramatic, lasting days if untreated. Over time the body recovers but may develop auto-antibodies & evolve into rheumatic fever in kids. The antibodies can strike the heart, brain of kidneys. ...Read more

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How many people contract scarlet fever each year?

See below.: As many as 10% of the population contracts group A streptococcal pharyngitis. Of this group, as many as 10% then develop scarlet fever. Re: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1053253-overview#a5 ...Read more

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Scarlet Fever (Definition)

A condition consisting of a sandpaper-like rash that can occur with a strep throat infection. It starts on the neck and ...Read more


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