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Doctor insights on: Scarlet Fever And Scarlatina

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How is strep throat strep throat different from scarlet fever?

How is strep throat strep throat different from scarlet fever?

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 more

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Scarlet Fever (Definition)

A disease that can develop from a strep throat, where a sandpaper-like rash starts on the neck and ...Read more


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What besides strep throat causes scarlet fever?

What besides strep throat causes scarlet fever?

Only Strep: While there are many infections that cause rashes that are similar in appearance to scarlet fever, only strep causes scarlet fever. This is due to the fact that the disease is a constellation of symptoms, not just a rash. ...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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Spouse has strep with a rash, scarlet fever. How serious/contagious is that?

Spouse has strep with a rash, scarlet fever. How serious/contagious is that?

Very.: Strep is quite contagious; but after a few days of an effective antibiotic therapy, the contagion risk drops dramatically. ...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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Can rheumatic fever be treated with the antibiotics for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?

Can rheumatic fever be treated with the antibiotics for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?

Yes and no: Rheumatic fever is a post-infectious immune response to group a streptococcus. The purpose of taking antibiotics is to prevent further spread of the infection to others as well as to stop the immune cycle. ...Read more

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How are strep throat and scarlet fever distinguished from each other?

How are strep throat and scarlet fever distinguished from each other?

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 more

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How is scarlet fever rash prevented if you already caught the strep throat?

How is scarlet fever rash prevented if you already caught the strep throat?

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 more

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Does strep throat cause a rheumatic fever?

Does strep throat cause a rheumatic fever?

Yes it can: Strep throat is due to infection with streptococcus pyogenes. It is easily treated with antibiotics, but if let untreated it can induce an immune reaction that can lead to Rheumatic Fever and Gloerulonephritis. It is easily diagnosed with a swab in minutes and treated with antibiotics so these diseases are rare now. ...Read more

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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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Is scarlet fever treated the same way as with strep throat?

Is scarlet fever treated the same way as with strep throat?

Yes: Scarlet fever is strep throat which has a sandpaper like rash mostly in the warm areas of the body. The organism is the same...Strep and is treated the same. The rash may take longer than the sore throat to go away, as much as 7-10 days. ...Read more

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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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Who does Scarlet fever attack?

Who does Scarlet fever attack?

Anyone can get: Scarlet Fever, which is simply a strep infection with a rash. It is no more serious than a strep throat, and if diagnosed is easily treated with an antibiotic. It got a bad reputation from the book, The Velveteen Rabbit, which was written before we had antibiotics to easily treat strep/scarlet fever. ...Read more

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Diarrhea, sore throat, congestion, cough, high fever which is now a low grade fever with sweating, headache. Flu or upper respitory tract infection?

Diarrhea, sore throat, congestion, cough, high fever which is now a low grade fever with sweating, headache. Flu or upper respitory tract infection?

The flu?: The symptoms you report sound consistent with a viral illness such as influenza. You can consider ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever or pain and expect symptoms to resolve in a week or two. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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Is rheumatic the same as scarlet fever?

Is rheumatic the same as scarlet fever?

No: Both are triggered by the same bacteria GABHS, but are different diseases. Rheumatic fever is caused by the overreaction of the own body's immune system, which may attack it's own structures (like the heart and the joints). Scarlet fever occurs when that bacteria is infected with a virus that causes a toxin which makes the skin red and harsh but it may also cause rheumatic fever as a sequel. ...Read more

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Best medicine for scarlet fever?

Best medicine for scarlet fever?

Antibiotics: Scarlet fever is a rash caused by a strep infection somewhere in the body, usually strep throat although it can be in other areas. Antibiotics such as penicillin or Amoxicillin are usually very effective. Others can be used for people who are allergic to these drugs. It is important to get treated quickly in order to prevent complications. ...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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What is the bacterial infection scarlet fever?

What is the bacterial infection scarlet fever?

Strep: Scarlet fever is a rash produced by a toxin secreted by group a strep usually when they are causing strep throat. The rash is red, feels like sandpaper, may predominate in creases in the skin, there is sparing around the outside of the mouth (circumoral pallor), and it blanches with pressure. ...Read more

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Can scarlet fever develop rashes around anus on children?

Can scarlet fever develop rashes around anus on children?

Maybe: The fact is that strep can be present in a peri-anal rash (pustular or blister like) and produce a full blown scarletina rash over the rest of the body. The tissue around the anus is just as susceptible to the strep germ as the throat and can be infected at the same time. ...Read more

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