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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. 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


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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

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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more