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What is scarlet fever?

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In brief: Strep throat

Scarlet fever is caused by the same bacteria that causes strep throat.
It is just a different manifestation of it. Diagnosing scarlet fever usually means that the child has a rash that is typical, red sandpaper like feel. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, vomiting, stomachache and sore throat.

In brief: Strep throat

Scarlet fever is caused by the same bacteria that causes strep throat.
It is just a different manifestation of it. Diagnosing scarlet fever usually means that the child has a rash that is typical, red sandpaper like feel. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, vomiting, stomachache and sore throat.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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Dr. Daniel Konold
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A form of strep.

Common symptoms are a sore throat, fever, and a red sandpaper rash.
Diagnosis is confirmed with a throat culture.

In brief: A form of strep.

Common symptoms are a sore throat, fever, and a red sandpaper rash.
Diagnosis is confirmed with a throat culture.
Dr. Daniel Konold
Dr. Daniel Konold
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Strep A + gene

Group a streptococcus is cause of throat infections.
It is acquired from contaminated fingers or contact with oral secretions of a source case. Some strains have additional genes that code for making a toxin that spreads through the blood & gives a red, sandpaper & sunburn like rash starting within 12 hrs of the fever. This is commonly called scarlet fever.

In brief: Strep A + gene

Group a streptococcus is cause of throat infections.
It is acquired from contaminated fingers or contact with oral secretions of a source case. Some strains have additional genes that code for making a toxin that spreads through the blood & gives a red, sandpaper & sunburn like rash starting within 12 hrs of the fever. This is commonly called scarlet fever.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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