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Dr. John cuong Doan
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Scarlet Fever (Overview)

Scarlet fever is a condition consisting of a sandpaper-like rash that can occur with a strep throat infection. It starts on the neck and spreads toward the limbs.


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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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Dr. John cuong Doan
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Scarlet Fever (Overview)

Scarlet fever is a condition consisting of a sandpaper-like rash that can occur with a strep throat infection. It starts on the neck and spreads toward the limbs.


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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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Treating a Fever (Checklist)

Don't panic! Most fevers is uncomfortable, but harmless.
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Take the appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen
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Try cool compresses -- they may be soothing
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See your doctor if your fever is higher than 102 for more than 2 days
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Is eye redness or discharge a symptom of scarlet fever?

Is eye redness or discharge a symptom of scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever: Eye redness is not typically a symptom of scarlet fever. Scarlet fever is associated with group a streptococcal infection most prevalently of the tonsils and has a typcial scarletiniform rash and and hence the name scarlet fever. ...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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Managing Hay Fever (Checklist)

Avoid heavy pollen areas
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Use air conditioners during pollen season
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If necessary, use a non-sedating antihistamine
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3 yr old has scarlet fever with a rash rapid test positiv started amox today. His hands are slithtly swollen is that normal? Fever goes down w tylenol (acetaminophen)

3 yr old has scarlet fever with a rash rapid test positiv started amox today. His hands are slithtly swollen is that normal? Fever goes down w tylenol (acetaminophen)

Skin shedding: It normal for the hands to get slightly swollen with scarlet fever. You may find that after he gets well he may shed skin from his hands and feet. Don't be alarmed if that happens. ...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

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more