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Is there a difference between scarlet fever and strep throat?

Is there a difference between scarlet fever and strep throat?

Yes, there is.: Both, strep throat and scarlet fever, are caused by group a streptococci. Some strains of group a strep such as the one causing scarlet fever produce erythrogenic exotoxin responsible for the red spots (rash). ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


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Can you please tell me how scarlet fever and strep throat differ?

Can you please tell me how scarlet fever and strep throat differ?

A Rash: Scarlet fever is strept throat with a rash. Otherwise it is exactly the same symptoms, possible complications and therapy. ...Read more

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What besides strep throat causes scarlet fever?

What besides strep throat causes scarlet fever?

Only Strep: While there are many infections that cause rashes that are similar in appearance to scarlet fever, only strep causes scarlet fever. This is due to the fact that the disease is a constellation of symptoms, not just a rash. ...Read more

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Is scarlet fever treated the same way as with strep throat?

Is scarlet fever treated the same way as with strep throat?

Yes: Scarlet fever is strep throat which has a sandpaper like rash mostly in the warm areas of the body. The organism is the same...Strep and is treated the same. The rash may take longer than the sore throat to go away, as much as 7-10 days. ...Read more

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How is strep throat strep throat different from scarlet fever?

Rash: Some strains of streptococcus cause some people to break out in a rash due to specific toxins that the strain releases in the body. It is otherwise the same with no increased risk of serious complications or problems. In order tp prevent these complications, antibiotics are needed. See your doctor ...Read more

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How are strep throat and scarlet fever distinguished from each other?

How are strep throat and scarlet fever distinguished from each other?

Definition is strep: The term "scarlet fever " applies to strains of strep a that have the additional dna to make a red rash. The infection may be in the throat, or other site (skin, anus) and still produce the rash and fever. Strep throat includes strains of strep a that may or may not produce a rash.Their location in the throat is rather specific. ...Read more

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I cought strep throat from my cousin, and will it turn into scarlet fever like his did?

I cought strep throat from my cousin, and will it turn into scarlet fever like his did?

Possibly: Some strains of strep a strains carry an extra gene plasmid that controls the production of a chemical that enters the blood & causes the generalized red rash of scarlet fever. Not all strep a strains do, but if you did catch strep from someone with the rash it would likely produce the same rash in you within 24hrs of the first fever. Early rx prior to firm establishment of the germ might stop it. ...Read more

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How is scarlet fever rash prevented if you already caught the strep throat?

How is scarlet fever rash prevented if you already caught the strep throat?

Part of Strep: Scarlet fever is produced by the breakdown if you will of the strep bacteria. Not everyone who has "strep" develops the rash. The scarlet fever rash is more common in children. If you suspect you have a strep infection, seek treatment asap in order to avoid complications. ...Read more

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My son 3 had strep throat in november took amoxilin for 10 days now 2 months later is taking same med for scarlet fever. Could there be resistance?

My son 3 had strep throat in november took amoxilin for 10 days now 2 months later is taking same med for scarlet fever. Could there be resistance?

New infection: Not usually. I notice you child i three years old. It is quite possible he had another exposure to strep, possibly in a day care center. ...Read more

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Could treated strep throat lead to scarlet fever 10 weeks later and is it ok to treat it with same type of amoxicilin to avoid further complications?

Could treated strep throat lead to scarlet fever 10 weeks later and is it ok to treat it with same type of amoxicilin to avoid further complications?

No: Scarlet fever is due to a toxin released by the strain of strep pyogenes that is causing your sore throat. If this has been eliminated you should not be getting scarlet fever unless reinfected. Yes you can retreat with same antibiotic if necessary. ...Read more

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