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What part of the body does scarlet fever attack?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Throat+ system
Some strains of strep have additional genes that code for making a toxin that spreads thru the blood & gives a red, sandpaper & sunburn like rash starting within 12 hrs of the fever. The fever can be quite dramatic, lasting days if untreated.
Over time the body recovers but may develop auto-antibodies & evolve into rheumatic fever in kids. The antibodies can strike the heart, brain of kidneys.

In brief: Throat+ system
Some strains of strep have additional genes that code for making a toxin that spreads thru the blood & gives a red, sandpaper & sunburn like rash starting within 12 hrs of the fever. The fever can be quite dramatic, lasting days if untreated.
Over time the body recovers but may develop auto-antibodies & evolve into rheumatic fever in kids. The antibodies can strike the heart, brain of kidneys.
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