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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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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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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 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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Can the symptoms of scarlet fever be there without any sore throat?

Can the symptoms of scarlet fever be there without any sore throat?

Unusual: Almost always has sore throat as part of the illness, but could imagine circumstances under which this might not happen. ...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 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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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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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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If a child has strep & gets scarlet fever, will the rash show up immediately when the symptoms start or can it take a few days for the rash to start?

If a child has strep & gets scarlet fever, will the rash show up immediately when the symptoms start or can it take a few days for the rash to start?

Usually soon: The rash producing chemical that is generated by the strep is created after the start of the infection when it has reproduced in enough numbers to make the rash toxin.Studies suggest it will be evident by 12 hours after the appearance of fever in the illness.Not all strep will produce the rash, only those with the extra dna to make the extra toxin. ...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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Is eye redness or discharge a symptom of scarlet fever?

Is eye redness or discharge a symptom of scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever: Eye redness is not typically a symptom of scarlet fever. Scarlet fever is associated with group a streptococcal infection most prevalently of the tonsils and has a typcial scarletiniform rash and and hence the name scarlet fever. ...Read more

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Scarlet fever type rash-negative for strep.Fatigue, headaches, loss of appetite w/seemingly no other symptoms.No fever.MD said good luck...help!

Scarlet fever type rash-negative for strep.Fatigue, headaches, loss of appetite w/seemingly no other symptoms.No fever.MD said good luck...help!

Infectious Disease: This could be any of a dozen or more syndromes that could be thought of. You should find an infectious diseases specialist and let them thoroughly evaluate you. Good luck. ...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 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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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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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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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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What does scarlet fever look like?

What does scarlet fever look like?

Think sunburn: The color is like a sunburn & the feel is like sandpaper.It tends to start first in the under pants area, armpits & folds of the arms with an interesting pale halo around the mouth.If the if it started with a sore throat, the tongue is beefy red & tonsils swollen. It can be triggered by infection in other body areas. ...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?

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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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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How common is scarlet fever in america?

How common is scarlet fever in america?

I see cases yearly: Scarlet fever in the days before antibiotics was a truly scary disease. Weeks of high temperature and pealing red skin rash were often followed by other complications. Today it is muted by treatment. The rash generally starts within 12hrs of a fever with any strain of strep that can make the erythrotoxin.Treatment kills enough strep to minimize the rash & shorten the illness. ...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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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?

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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Can you get scarlet fever without a fever?

Can you get scarlet fever without a fever?

Sure: But this would be very unusual. That is how it got its name. But anything can happen. There are numerous causes for the inability to mount a fever, but the short answer is, it can happen, but rarely. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about scarlet fever?

Contagious: Scarlet fever is a form of strep throat. The bacteria that infect the throat produce a substance that give you the rash. It can be treated with antibiotics. If it is left untreated it can cause rheumatic fever which affects the heart.
Someone with a strep infection is not contagious after having been on antibiotics for 24 hours. ...Read more

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