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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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What are the symtoms of scarlet fever in a i year old child? What also are some of the long term effects of a i year old child after having scarlet fever un- checked for several days?

Scarlet : Scarlet fever is caused by group a streptoccoccus - the same bacteria that causes strep throat. The symptoms usually start 1-2 days after infection and include sore throat, fever, sand papery red rash, abdominal pain, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, swollen red tongue and/or bright red color in the creases of the underarm or groin. With proper antibiotic treatment, the symptoms typically improve quickly (2-3 days) though the rash can last for a few weeks. Long term complications are extremely rare with treatment. The most concerning complication is acute rheumatic fever which occurs around 20 days after the start of infection if the patient is not treated with antibiotics. This can cause permanent heart valve damage. Other rare complications of untreated strep are bone or joint problems, kidney problems, inflammation of a gland, ear infection, meningitis, pneumonia, or sinusitis. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...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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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

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What happens if you don't treat scarlet fever?

What happens if you don't treat scarlet fever?

Playing the odds: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep and it passes.However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications.The brain thing, st vitas dance put some in mental hospitals.The kidney thing led to sudden kidney failure that some did not survive.The heart thing ate up valves and left many weak for the remainder of a short life. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't treat scarlet fever?

What happens if you don't treat scarlet fever?

Untreated Strep: can cause post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (kidney disease), tonsillar abscess, rheumatic heart disease, arthritis, PANDAS (neurological tic disorder), and toxic shock (multi organ failure). Serious stuff! ...Read more

Dr. John cuong Doan
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Scarlet Fever (Definition)

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 ...Read more