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Dr. John cuong Doan
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Scarlet Fever (Overview)

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)

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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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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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

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What causes scarlet fever and what are the symptoms?

What causes scarlet fever and what are the symptoms?

Strep A + gene: Group a streptococcus is cause of throat & skin infections. It is acquired from contaminated fingers or contact with oral secretions of a source case. Some people carry it without getting infected year round. Some strains 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. ...Read more

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My brother had strep and it turned into scarlet fever. Does that mean my strep will too?

My brother had strep and it turned into scarlet fever. Does that mean my strep will too?

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 more

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Can any doc tell me what's scarlet fever and how does one treat it properly?

Can any doc tell me what's scarlet fever and how does one treat it properly?

I see cases yearly: Scarlet fever before antibiotics was a truly scary disease. Weeks of high temperature and pealing red skin rash were often followed by major complications. Today it is stopped by treatment. The rash generally starts within 12hrs of a fever with any strain of strep that can make the rash toxin. Treatment kills enough strep to minimize the rash ; shorten the illness. It is called scarletina today. ...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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Can you tell me about scarlet fever and proper treatment?

Can you tell me about scarlet fever and proper treatment?

Scarlet fever Sx's: May include red, sore throat with red tongue which may have a white coating, headaches, nausea, vomiting ; a rash that feels like sandpaper ; is red. Swollen glands, fever ; generalized aching also occur. Scarlet fever needs to be treated with antibiotics to prevent complications. ...Read more

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The way to get rid of scarlet fever?

The way to get rid of scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever: A streptococcal infection which creates a rash which feels like sandpaper, blanches on pressure, more accentuated in creases of the skin, and with red face with pallor around mouth. It is caused by a toxin excreted by group a strep and is treated by getting rid of the strep with penicillin or other antibiotics. ...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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Is it possible for step throat to develop into scarlet fever?

Is it possible for step throat to develop into scarlet fever?

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

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How can I prevent my hands from peeling any more than it already has due to scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever: The desquamation part appears a week after the resolution of the original " sand paper"like rash that characterizes scarlet fever. It is part of the resolution process and usually is resolved by one month after it starts. I can see you are taking medication so my best recommendation is to finish treatment and the illness will take its way out of your system. If you don't feel any better f/u w/ pcp. ...Read more

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