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If a child is diagnosed with scarlet fever, will the family members receive antibiotics as prophylaxis?
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
This disease is caused by the organism which causes strep throat and many family members may be carrying this in the back of their throats without symptoms.
There are some doctors who may favor prophylactic treatment, but it does not have a high success rate in eradication of these bacteria. It is a judgement call by the doctor.

In brief: Not necessarily
This disease is caused by the organism which causes strep throat and many family members may be carrying this in the back of their throats without symptoms.
There are some doctors who may favor prophylactic treatment, but it does not have a high success rate in eradication of these bacteria. It is a judgement call by the doctor.
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Louise Andrew
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No not necessarily
Anyone who has a sore throat should be checked for strep and if present, treated.

In brief: No not necessarily
Anyone who has a sore throat should be checked for strep and if present, treated.
Dr. Louise Andrew
Dr. Louise Andrew
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