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What does a scarlet fever rash typically look like?

What does a scarlet fever rash typically look like?

Red, sandpapery….: rash generally on the trunk and sometimes in the creases of arms or legs. It is very fine and feels rough to the touch. May be caused by a strep infection in the throat or elsewhere in the body.. Should always see a doctor ASAP if you have a rash like this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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3 yr old has strep throat and a rash on her wrists and neck. She typically has exzema, is there a good way to know if it is that or scarlet fever?

3 yr old has strep throat and a rash on her wrists and neck. She typically has exzema, is there a good way to know if it is that or scarlet fever?

Needs treatment: She needs antibiotics either way. Scarlet fever is strep throat with a rash and is treated with antibiotics. If the erash improves a lot after antibiotics- it was likely scarlet fever...If it clears only a little, then most likely was more eczema. Scarlet fever rash may also peel a little bit when healing. ...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 scarlet fever develop rashes around anus on children?

Can scarlet fever develop rashes around anus on children?

Maybe: The fact is that strep can be present in a peri-anal rash (pustular or blister like) and produce a full blown scarletina rash over the rest of the body. The tissue around the anus is just as susceptible to the strep germ as the throat and can be infected at the same time. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is "strep rash" the same as scarlet fever?

Hoping you can tell me, is "strep rash" the same as scarlet fever?

Yes and no: The strep rash is what used to be the most prominent feature of scarlet fever. But the term is more of a historical one. There was a time (lest we forget) that we did not have antibiotics. Scarlet fever described a systemic strep illness that could last more than a week with high sustained fevers over 103 and the rash.Most would recover but some developed rheumatic fever afterward. ...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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Spouse has strep with a rash, scarlet fever. How serious/contagious is that?

Spouse has strep with a rash, scarlet fever. How serious/contagious is that?

Very.: Strep is quite contagious; but after a few days of an effective antibiotic therapy, the contagion risk drops dramatically. ...Read more

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How is scarlet fever rash prevented if you already caught the strep throat?

How is scarlet fever rash prevented if you already caught the strep throat?

Part of Strep: Scarlet fever is produced by the breakdown if you will of the strep bacteria. Not everyone who has "strep" develops the rash. The scarlet fever rash is more common in children. If you suspect you have a strep infection, seek treatment asap in order to avoid complications. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


Dr. John cuong Doan
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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