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My child has scarlet fever. Is she contagious?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
In brief: Scarlet Fever
Scarlet fever is highly contagious! as soon as a person contracts it, he becomes contagious to those around him. The bacteria causing it reside in the throat, mouth, nose, or on the skin of the infected person.
It usually spreads through water droplets, expelled by the infected person when he coughs or sneezes, as well as through his saliva and mucus.

In brief: Scarlet Fever
Scarlet fever is highly contagious! as soon as a person contracts it, he becomes contagious to those around him. The bacteria causing it reside in the throat, mouth, nose, or on the skin of the infected person.
It usually spreads through water droplets, expelled by the infected person when he coughs or sneezes, as well as through his saliva and mucus.
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Dr. Joseph Teel
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes.
Scarlet fever is the result of an infection due to streptococcus bacteria, typically resulting from strep throat in children.
So, your child would be considered contagious until treated for their presumed strep infection. Just make sure the rash is actually scarlett fever and not resulting from a different cause such as a virus.

In brief: Yes.
Scarlet fever is the result of an infection due to streptococcus bacteria, typically resulting from strep throat in children.
So, your child would be considered contagious until treated for their presumed strep infection. Just make sure the rash is actually scarlett fever and not resulting from a different cause such as a virus.
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