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Can having scarlatina as a child have residual effects as an adult?

Can having scarlatina as a child have residual effects as an adult?

Unlikely to happen: Scarlatina is a simple rash produced by some strains of group a strep. By itself, it is irritating and will sometimes peal like a sunburn. As long as the underlying strep infection is treated within a week to 9 days of rash emergence, no long term effects (rheumatic fever) would be expected. If untreated, the risk of rheumatic fever is the same as that of strep without the rash. ...Read more

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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


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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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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 causes scarlet fever and what are the symptoms?

What causes scarlet fever  and what are the symptoms?

S. pyogenes bacteria: Streptococcus pyogenes is the bacteria responsible for causing scarlet fever. Also known as "group a strept" (gas), the bacteria is also known as the "flesh-eating bacteria", causing severe soft tissue infections such as "necrotizing fasciiitis". The bacteria produces toxins that is responsible for many of its symptoms such as fever, a bright intense red rash, profound weakness and malaise. ...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 it possible that scarlet fever cause heart problems later in life?

?? 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 had scarlet fever as child. Now i'm 32, and I have trouble conceiving. Could that be the cause?

I had scarlet fever as child.  Now i'm 32, and I have trouble conceiving.  Could that be the cause?

Unlikely: Scarlet fever is really no more than a strep throat infection that happens to also produce a rash. It is quite common and is not a known cause of infertility. ...Read more

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What besides strep throat causes scarlet fever?

Only Strep: While there are many infections that cause rashes that are similar in appearance to scarlet fever, only strep causes scarlet fever. This is due to the fact that the disease is a constellation of symptoms, not just a rash. ...Read more

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Can having scarlet fever and chicken pox cause someone to develop seizures. 2 months later in convulsions for 72 hours & seizures never went away?

Can having scarlet fever and chicken pox cause someone to develop seizures.  2 months later in convulsions for 72 hours & seizures never went away?

Seizures: Yes. These infections can cause a post- infectious encephalitis . That is an inflammation of the brain due to antibodies generated by your immune system fighting the infection. See a neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can scarlet fever cause scar tissue on the brain (which is the cause of one's epileptic seizures)?

Help plz! Can scarlet fever cause scar tissue on the brain (which is the cause of one's epileptic seizures)?

Unlikely: Scarlet fever is the combination of Strep infection in the throat and rash to the skin (usually face). In the absence of an invasive Strep infection, such as bacterial meningitis, it would be unlikely that the Scarlet Fever has damaged the brain. ...Read more