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What is the bacterial infection scarlet fever?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Strep

Scarlet fever is a rash produced by a toxin secreted by group a strep usually when they are causing strep throat.
The rash is red, feels like sandpaper, may predominate in creases in the skin, there is sparing around the outside of the mouth (circumoral pallor), and it blanches with pressure.

In brief: Strep

Scarlet fever is a rash produced by a toxin secreted by group a strep usually when they are causing strep throat.
The rash is red, feels like sandpaper, may predominate in creases in the skin, there is sparing around the outside of the mouth (circumoral pallor), and it blanches with pressure.
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Group A strep

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 bathing trunk area & armpits.

In brief: Group A strep

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 bathing trunk area & armpits.
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