Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an infectious disease caused by Streptococcus bacteria and is a common childhood disease. The bacteria inject a toxin substance into the child that may cause rashes on the neck and throat.

The symptoms of scarlet fever are fever, sore throat, redness in neck, and rashes on the throat region which then progressively spreads throughout the body. It feels like sandpaper on the skin. The rash may last up to 7 days and sometimes even more. Peeling of the skin takes place when rash withers away. Apart from the above symptoms, there may be headache, chills, stomach pain, discomfort and muscle aches.

The doctor will first examine the child and confirm the diagnosis by throat culture test. Antibiotics are given to control the bacterial infection. You should not delay in seeking medical care, since there is risk of getting strep throat with scarlet fever. A course of antibiotics will cure the symptoms completely.

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