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Doctor insights on: Scarlet Fever Streptococcus

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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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Streptococcus (Definition)

Is a group of bacteria that grown in long chains of cocci (round cells). They are classified in part by whether they hemolyze sheep red blood cells completely, partial or not at all. The beta (complete) hemolysis ones are further classified by their capsules and the prototype is group a streptococci, that cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. The Alpha (partial) ...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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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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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

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What causes scarlet fever and what are the symptoms?

What causes scarlet fever  and what are the symptoms?

Strep A + gene: Group a streptococcus is cause of throat & skin 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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What are the symptoms for scarlet fever or scarletina?

What are the symptoms for scarlet fever or scarletina?

Rash: Scarlet fever is caused by strep a that causes pharyngitis. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, red tongue that looks like a strawberry, and a body rash that feels like sand paper. ...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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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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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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Can a child with scarlet fever pass it on to infant?

Can a child with scarlet fever pass it on to infant?

Contageous/different: The child with true scarlet fever is infected with a strain of strep a that produces chemicals that cause the red rash.Infants in close contact (mucous or droplet secretions) have ~1/4 risk in acquiring the germ, less if contact is distant. Infants often have more a nasal carriage than throat.(to guide testing)after 24hrs on meds the infected kid is not likely to pass it to anyone. ...Read more

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How could my daughter have contracted scarlet fever?

How could my daughter have contracted scarlet fever?

Contact with Strep!: It's generally spread by saliva and causes fever, rash (typically sandpaper like), headache, vomiting and sore throat. It's caused by 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 she might have scarlet fever, see your doctor soon for a strep test and skin evaluation. ...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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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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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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Fever (Definition)

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