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Is there a difference between scarlet fever and strep throat?

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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes, there is.

Both, strep throat and scarlet fever, are caused by group a streptococci.
Some strains of group a strep such as the one causing scarlet fever produce erythrogenic exotoxin responsible for the red spots (rash).

In brief: Yes, there is.

Both, strep throat and scarlet fever, are caused by group a streptococci.
Some strains of group a strep such as the one causing scarlet fever produce erythrogenic exotoxin responsible for the red spots (rash).
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Just the reputation

Scarlet fever is an archaic term that arose in the era prior to antibiotics, when some with strep would turn red with the rash & rage on with high fever for days.
A simple extra gene that codes for the red producing toxin separates this strain from common strep. In todays medical world it is just a curiosity. They both respond well to penicillin & other Rx. People like to talk about scary diseases

In brief: Just the reputation

Scarlet fever is an archaic term that arose in the era prior to antibiotics, when some with strep would turn red with the rash & rage on with high fever for days.
A simple extra gene that codes for the red producing toxin separates this strain from common strep. In todays medical world it is just a curiosity. They both respond well to penicillin & other Rx. People like to talk about scary diseases
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