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What is scarlet fever?

What is scarlet fever?

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 more

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How is scarlet fever treated?

How is scarlet fever treated?

Antibiotics: It is caused by the streptococcal bacteria and is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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3yr old had strep 2.5mos ago was treated with amoxicilin now is on amoxicilin for scarlet fevr is that safe. He feels better. Will he avoid complictns?

3yr old had strep 2.5mos ago was treated with amoxicilin now is on amoxicilin for scarlet fevr is that safe. He feels better. Will he avoid complictns?

Yes: Scarlet fever is another form of strep a infection & the germ is universally sensitive (killed) by the penicillin drugs (including amoxicillin). Re-use of the medication after 2.5mo does not create problems. Initiation of the meds within 9 days of the first symptoms of strep prevents the secondary risk of rheumatic fever or heart /neurologic issues. Early rx may not interrupt all kidney issues. ...Read more

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Is scarlet fever serious?

Is scarlet fever  serious?

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 more

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What are the tests of scarlet fever?

What are the tests of scarlet fever?

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

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How could someone catch scarlet fever?

How could someone catch scarlet fever?

Easily: Scarlet fever is simply strep throat with a red bumpy rash. It's caught primarily from close contacts who are infected. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of scarlet fever?

What are the symptoms of scarlet fever?

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

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Does scarlet fever have lasting effects?

Does scarlet fever have lasting effects?

?? treated ??: Scarlet fever is an old term used in the era before antibiotics.It discribed the unremitting fever if certain strains of strep that had an extra ability to produce a red rash. Within weeks, the initial illness fades but a fraction went on to rheumatic heart disease, injuring heart valves and tissues.Proper treatment of strep today stops the rash early and prevents long term effects. ...Read more

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What actually is scarlet fever / scarlatina?

What actually is scarlet fever / scarlatina?

Scarlet F= scarlatin: Scarlet fever(scarlitina) is a term we apply when one has a group a strep infection that causes an extensive rash. The strep toxin enters the blood & begins to show up as an extensive sunburn like, flat rash that feels like sand paper. The patient will be expected to have high fever & the rash starts within 12 hrs of the fever. The rash often first appears in the bating trunk area & flexing areas. ...Read more

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What happens if a coworker has scarlet fever?

What happens if a coworker has scarlet fever?

Easily treated: In the age before antibiotics a fraction of these cases went on to lifelong problems. Today these are easily treated and the secondary related problems are stopped before they ever start. ...Read more