what is scarlet fever?
- 11 months ago
Scarlet fever is a disease that occasionally happens after a patient has had strep throat. It is created by the same group of microscopic organisms that causes strep throat (contamination that makes the throat red, swollen, and sore). Red fever is otherwise called scarlatina.
- gangadharan nairLv 711 months ago
Scarlet fever is most common in children from five to fifteen years of age.
Symptoms include a bright-red rash that covers most of the body, a sore throat and a high fever.
Scarlet fever is treated with antibiotics.
How it spreads
* By airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes).
* By skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs).
* By saliva (kissing or shared drinks).
Treatable by a medical professional
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging often required
Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
- Anonymous11 months ago
Scarlet fever, or scarlatina, is an illness involving a distinctive pink-red rash. It mainly affects children. Left untreated, it can sometimes lead to severe complications.In the past, it was a serious childhood illness, but modern antibiotics have made it much rarer and less threatening.However, occasional and significant outbreaks still occur. Bacteria called group A Streptococcus or group A strep cause scarlet fever. The bacteria sometimes make a poison (toxin), which causes the rash — the “scarlet” of scarlet fever. Signs and symptoms generally appear about 1 to 4 days after initial infection.
The first symptoms of scarlet fever are usually a red, sore throat, sometimes with white or yellowish patches, and a fever of 101 Fahrenheit (38.3 Celsius) or higher, frequently with chills. A rash then appears 12 to 48 hours after these first symptoms. Red blotches appear on the skin. These turn into a fine pink-red rash that looks like sunburn. The skin feels rough when touched, like sandpaper.
The rash spreads to the ears, neck, elbows, inner thighs and groin, chest, and other parts of the body.
It does not usually appear on the face, but the patient's cheeks will become flushed, and the area around the mouth becomes pale.
- Country GIRLLv 711 months ago
Scarlet fever stems from a streptococcal infection, which is a bacteria.. The streptococcal toxins from this bacteria lead to a widespread , pink- reddish rash. The rash is most obvious on the stomach, on the sides of the chest, and in skin folds. Other symptoms include a pale area around the mouth, a flushed face, an inflamed red tongue, and dark red lines in the skin folds. The outer layer of the reddened skin often peels after the fever has subsides.
People with strep throat and scarlet fever generally do get better in around 2 weeks, even without treatment. None the less antibiotics can shorten the duration of symptoms in young children and prevent serious complications, such as rheumatic fever. They also help prevent the spread of the infection to the middle ear, sinuses, and mastoid bone as well as to other people.
An oral antibiotic like penicillin V is usually started promptly after the symptoms appear.Source(s): nurse
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- Little Big ManLv 711 months ago
It is a fever that is scarlet my friend.
- 11 months ago
It's a bacterial illness that develops in some people who have strep throat. Scarlet fever is also called as scarlatina, and people who have suffer from this usually have bright red rashes all over their body. Other symptoms include sore throat and a high fever.
This mostly affects children about ages 5-15.