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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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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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Can any doc tell me what's scarlet fever and how does one treat it properly?

Can any doc tell me what's scarlet fever and how does one treat it properly?

I see cases yearly: Scarlet fever before antibiotics was a truly scary disease. Weeks of high temperature and pealing red skin rash were often followed by major complications. Today it is stopped by treatment. The rash generally starts within 12hrs of a fever with any strain of strep that can make the rash toxin. Treatment kills enough strep to minimize the rash ; shorten the illness. It is called scarletina today. ...Read more

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Recently the doctor found out that I had scarlet fever but I had just had my flu shot. I've been having chest pains since the flu shot. Is it bad?

Recently the doctor found out that I had scarlet fever but I had just had my flu shot. I've been having chest pains since the flu shot. Is it bad?

Neither the flu...: Vaccine nor the scarlet fever are common causes of chest pain but the pain suggests that you should see your doctor. Chest pain in a 25 year old woman could be lots of things, most of them benign but do not neglect the pain. ...Read more

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My 7yrs old has scarlet fever and the doctor gave her zithromax. She has finished all her medication, but still has a rash, headache, and fever?

My 7yrs old has scarlet fever and the doctor gave her zithromax. She has finished all her medication, but still has a rash, headache, and fever?

Strep test?: Was a strep test done? Sometimes rashes and fevers are caused by viruses, and antibiotics don't work. Sometimes something that looks like scarlet fever can be caused by a similar germ called staph. If that's the case, a different antibiotic might be necessary. Whether the test was done or not, the persistence of symptoms despite antibiotics suggests the need for further investigation. ...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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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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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?

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

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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Do you continue having high aso levels from having scarlet fever or will they go back down to normal?

Do you continue having high aso levels from having scarlet fever or will they go back down to normal?

ASO levels...: ...Rise with any exposure to group a strep, even if no symptoms appear, so for some people they never go back to "normal" - but, otoh, except for people with rheumatic fever, they are of no concern at all - in fact, looking for evidence of rheumatic fever is pretty much the only reason to ever measure aso levels. ...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? .

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

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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