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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?

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.


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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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Can scarlet fever be fatal if it goes long untreated? If I left scarlet fever untreated thinking that it is normal fever, can this be fatal? .

Yes: B 4 antibiotics this strep infection was a leading cause of death. It can coaus nephritis, carditis with valvular involvement. U need care now! Get in 2 b cn, pcp or er. Already too long is not being treated. Get going! ...Read more

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Can scarlet fever be fatal if it goes long untreated? If I left scarlet fever untreated thinking that it is normal fever, can this be fatal? .

Untreated strep: Theoretically. Untreated. Scarlet can cause heart disease which can be fatal (myocarditis) it can also cause glomeruli nephritis which in turn can cause malignant blood pressure which in turn can lead to death. ...Read more

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How long does it take scarlet fever to show up if you were around someone who had it?

How long does it take scarlet fever to show up if you were around someone who had it?

Rash and fever: The rash is usually a good signal that you have picked up this strain. It will emerge generally by 12 hours after any fever associated with this strain of strep. ...Read more

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If you have been exposed to scarlet fever how long will you start haveing symptoms if you were ghoing to catch it?

If you have been exposed to scarlet fever how long will you start haveing symptoms if you were ghoing to catch it?

Scarlet fever: The symptoms may start 1-7 days after exposure if you were going to catch the infection (incubation period)
from the time of infection the symptoms may take 2-5 days to develop. ...Read more

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How long is it until your child can return to school after being diagnosed with scarlet fever?

How long is it until your child can return to school after being diagnosed with scarlet fever?

24hrs of rx: Scarlet fever is no more worrisome than regular strep throat & return to school after a full 24 hrs on meds is considered adequate. Scarlet fever is an archaic term that arose when it was a scary & lengthy febrile illness before we had penicillin. Now it simply refers to the red rash some strains will have. The newer term is scarletina. ...Read more

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How would I know if I had rheumatic heart disease? Had scarlet fever that went untreated longer than it should have 22 years ago.

How would I know if I had rheumatic heart disease? Had scarlet fever that went untreated longer than it should have 22 years ago.

An exam could help: Rheumatic heart disease is the result of a strep infection. Fortunately most don't go on to have heart involvement, particularly if the infection is treated.

If your heart valves were affected it would very likely be audible on physical exam. If your physician is suspicious, they may order an echocardiogram to confirm those suspicions. ...Read more

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Exposed to scarlet fever, how long before symptoms will show? My 1 year old is in the stage of giving kisses. She has been kissing both her daddy and I on the mouth frequently and yesterday was diagnosed with scarlet fever. How long is the incubation p

Exposed to scarlet fever, how long before symptoms will show? My 1 year old is in the stage of giving kisses. She has been kissing both her daddy and I on the mouth frequently and yesterday was diagnosed with scarlet fever. How long is the incubation p

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. ...Read more

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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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I'm a 52 yr old F from the Caribbean. At ages 3 to 5 yrs. I had German measles, Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria. What post effects can I expect now?

I'm a 52 yr old F from the Caribbean. At ages 3 to 5 yrs. I had German measles, Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria. What post effects can I expect now?

You would know: Of the three, diphtheria can produce toxins that affect your heart, but you would know that by now. Scarlet fever is just an alternate form of strep throat & only 1/200 develop rheumatic fever, which you would also know by now. German measles is a minor illness in kids of little importance. If anything it made you immune. Only a fetus becomes damaged by this germ, older kids/adults do not.. ...Read more

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Can Scarlet fever spread through the air?

Can Scarlet fever spread through the air?

Droplets: The bacteria that causes Strepbthroat and scarlet fever is spread through contaminated respiratory droplets. This most commonly overs with sharing cups or utensils, kissing or sneezing/coughing on one another. ...Read more

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Can Scarlet fever spread through contact?

Can Scarlet fever spread through contact?

Yes: Scarlet fever is strep with a rash and can be spread in a similar matter as strep. An exposed person may not get the rash, but may get a throat infection. Spread is through close contact, sharing beverages or kissing. ...Read more

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Which body systems does scarlet fever attack?

Which body systems does scarlet fever attack?

Scarlet: Caused by strep can affect the throat skin heart kidneys just like strep throat ...Read more

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Which body systems does scarlet fever attack?

Which body systems does scarlet fever attack?

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! Scarlet fever is the combination of strep infection of the throat and rash. ...Read more

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How much bodily damage is caused by scarlet fever?

How much bodily damage is caused by scarlet fever?

Depends: Scarlet fever (SF) also called scarletina was/is a fever & rash producing strain of Group A strep disease that if untreated often lasted for weeks. The rash itself was as irritating as a bad sunburn, but had little long term impact. Rheumatic fever could occur in 1/200 with heart, CNS or kidney problems.But this was a strep issue not specific to rash strains. Antibiotics could prevent this damage. ...Read more

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What exactly is scarlet fever? Can you tell me what exactly is a scarlet fever and where it comes from? .

What exactly is scarlet fever? Can you tell me what exactly is a scarlet fever and where it comes from? .

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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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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How can you defend yourself from scarlet fever?

How can you defend yourself from scarlet fever?

Avoiding Strep: Scarlet Fever is the result of a Strep infection of the throat which is also associated with a rash. Avoiding the primary throat infection by maintaining general health, frequent hand washing and not sharing cups/utensils are some ways to help prevent it. ...Read more

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