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What is the bacterial infection called scarlet fever from?

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Dr. Jennifer Diabo
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In brief: Group A strep

Scarlet fever is caused by infection with group a streptococci, the same bacteria that causes "strep throat".
In scarlet fever, the strep bacteria releases a toxin that gives you the generalized sandpaper- like rash. Most patients will also have a sore throat, fever, and enlarged cervical lymph nodes. The treatment for scarlet fever is the same as strep throat-antibiotics such as penicillin.

In brief: Group A strep

Scarlet fever is caused by infection with group a streptococci, the same bacteria that causes "strep throat".
In scarlet fever, the strep bacteria releases a toxin that gives you the generalized sandpaper- like rash. Most patients will also have a sore throat, fever, and enlarged cervical lymph nodes. The treatment for scarlet fever is the same as strep throat-antibiotics such as penicillin.
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