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My child has scarlet fever. Is she contagious?

My child has scarlet fever.  Is she contagious?

Yes: These patients are considered contagious from at least 24 hrs prior to the onset of the fever/rash and for the first 24 hours after starting treatment. Those who acquire the strep from this case would be expected to also develop the rash unless treated prior to the onset of fever. ...Read more

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Dr. John cuong Doan
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Scarlet Fever (Definition)

A condition consisting of a sandpaper-like rash that can occur with a strep throat infection. It starts on the neck and ...Read more


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Is scarlet fever highly contagious bc my coworker has it?

Is scarlet fever highly contagious bc my coworker has it?

Scarlet fever: Scarlet fever is an uncommon sign of a common strep infection. The strep germ typically causes bad sore throat (pharyngitis) with pus and fever and pain, and is easily spread to others in the house. In only about 1% of cases it also causes a pink, rough, sandpapery kind of rash all over the body; if this occurs, they called the illness "scarlet fever." the scarlet fever is not itself contagious. ...Read more

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Is scarlet fever contagious? Should i be wary of someone who has scarlet fever? Is it contagious? .

Is scarlet fever contagious? Should i be wary of someone who has scarlet fever? Is it contagious?

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Depends on situation: After 24 hrs of antibiotic treatment the individual is not considered contagious. Without treatment, keep your distance. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how contagious is scarlet fever?

Can you tell me how contagious is scarlet fever?

Avoidable: With good hand washing and avoiding any oral secretions of the patient this is avoidable.Scarlet fever is just a form of group A strep disease, commonly a throat infection.Once the patient has been on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours, they are no longer considered contagious. ...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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How rare is scarlet fever in adult?

How rare is scarlet fever in adult?

Rare: This is a red rash which has a sandpaper like feel to it, and blanches with pressure exerted on it. It is very rare in children less than 3 yrs and in adults. ...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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What is scarlet fever? How do you treat it properly?

What is scarlet fever? How do you treat it properly?

Strep A + gene: Group a streptococcus is cause of throat infections. It is acquired from contaminated fingers or contact with oral secretions of a source case. Some strains have additional genes that code for making a toxin that spreads through the blood & gives a red, sandpaper & sunburn like rash starting within 12 hrs of the fever. This is commonly called scarlet fever. ...Read more

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What is scarlet fever? How do you treat it properly?

What is scarlet fever? How do you treat it properly?

Strep A + gene: Group a streptococcus is cause of throat infections. It is acquired from contaminated fingers or contact with oral secretions of a source case. Some strains have additional genes that code for making a toxin that spreads through the blood & gives a red, sandpaper & sunburn like rash starting within 12 hrs of the fever. This is commonly called scarlet fever. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Scarlet fever?

What is the definition or description of: Scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever: Scarlet fever is an illness caused by group A streptococcus. It is manifest by a red sandpaper like rash that can cover the entire body. It often occurs with sore throat (strep throat) and fever. ...Read more

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How to tell if my daughter has scarlet fever?

How to tell if my daughter has scarlet fever?

Symptoms/ test : The scarlet fever label applies when a strep a germ creates a toxin that circulates in the blood & causes a red rash to appear on the body.It usually appears first around the lower abdomen, genital region, arm folds & there is often a pale area around the mouth. The rash has a sandpaper feel & can gradually increase. The patient has fever & a positive strep test. Not all rashes r scarlet fever. ...Read more

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What causes scarlet fever to infect someone and what are the symptoms?

What causes scarlet fever to infect someone and what are the symptoms?

Strep A + gene: Group a streptococcus is cause of throat 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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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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What are the symptoms of scarlet fever in a girl?

What are the symptoms of scarlet fever in a girl?

See below: Scarlet fever present with a very fine, sand paper feel, bumpy rash all over the body. The rash can be very prominent in the underwear area. You also may have a sore throat and a fever. The presentation is similar regardless of age or gender. ...Read more

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What types of rashes are the symptoms of scarlet fever?

What types of rashes are the symptoms of scarlet fever?

Scarlet Fever: Due to toxins produced by streptococcus pyogenes, the rash is red, with slight elevations of parts of the skin producing a sandpaper like feel, and the redness blanches with pressure. There is usually pallor around the mouth. The rash can involve most of the body, often beginning on the trunk. ...Read more

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If I have scarlet fever, is it normal for me to have 4 abscesses?

If I have scarlet fever, is it normal for me to have 4 abscesses?

No, it is not normal: Abscesses can occur in scarlet fever, in particular abscesses of the tonsils and/or lungs. Multiple abscesses have been reported in cases of scarlet fever, but this was prior to the availability of antibiotics. If you have scarlet fever, you should be on an antibiotic that kills Strep germs. Talk to the healthcare provider treating the scarlet fever. You may need surgical or medical treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do for my scarlet fever without going to a doctor?

What can I do for my scarlet fever without going to a doctor?

Scarlet Fever: The rash one gets with scarlet fever is secondary to a strep infection of your tonsils. You need to be seen and treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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