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Is There A Difference Between Scarlet Fever And Strep Throat
The germ: Some group A strep germs carry an extra piece of genetic code that triggers a toxin that can cause the rash. If someone has a strep infection in their throat it usually shows up within 12 hrs of the first fever. If the infection is treated very early, it may not show up at all. A strep germ without the extra gene will not trigger the rash. Scarlet fever is an old term used back before penicillin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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?
3 yr old has strep throat and a rash on her wrists and neck. She typically has exzema, is there a good way to know if it is that or scarlet fever?
Needs treatment: She needs antibiotics either way. Scarlet fever is strep throat with a rash and is treated with antibiotics. If the erash improves a lot after antibiotics- it was likely scarlet fever...If it clears only a little, then most likely was more eczema. Scarlet fever rash may also peel a little bit when healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have strep throat and have a few questions. I was put on penicillin 3 days ago. I also have scarlet fever. I cant swallow anything at the moment if I crush the pill and drink it with water will it work the same?
Yes & no: The germ that causes group a strep disease, the common strep throat, can come in more than 1 strain. The germ may carry an additional piece of genetic information that gives it the ability to make "erythrotoxin", the material that will spread in the blood & cause the red rash & significant fevers of "scarlet fever".If your strain does not have the extra info, you don't. ...Read more
My son is having scarlet fever, now from 1 day I have also started having headache & uneasiness in throat so is it likely for me also to catch same?
I have a really sore throat and really tired also a rash of small close together spots I've looked online and it says scarlet fever please help?
See your doctor: Rashes are hard to diagnose online sometimes so if you do think it looked like Scarlet fever then you need to see your doctor. Scarlet fever is caused by the strep bacteria and should be treated to prevent complications. If this is a virus then the strep test will be negative and fluids, rest and liquids are the treatment. ...Read more
7 year old has what looks like the beginning of scarlet fever rash. Small red bumps sandpaper like all over body, but has no fever or no sore throat.
Doesn't matter: Scarlet fever is just an archaic name for strep associated with a red rash that often led to intractable high fever (weeks)in the era before penicillin. Today it has no significance other than being a strain marker. About 15-20% of strep strains have an extra gene that codes for a chemical that gives the rash. If you got your strep from bro, you would likely get a rash, but doesn't really matter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: The strep rash is what used to be the most prominent feature of scarlet fever. But the term is more of a historical one. There was a time (lest we forget) that we did not have antibiotics. Scarlet fever described a systemic strep illness that could last more than a week with high sustained fevers over 103 and the rash. Most would recover but some developed rheumatic fever afterward. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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