Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever also known as Scarlatina

Scarlet fever once had been a dangerous illness, but with early care
it is easily treatable.

Scarlet fever needs to be treated with antibiotic and can not be left
to run its course, it is characterize by sore throat, high fever 
spots on the tongue ( looks like strawberry tongue ), bright red rash. 
If left untreated it can lead to arthritis, jaundice, kidney problems rheumatic
fever and can lead to death.  Incubation period is 2 to 5 days, and
anywhere from 24 to 48 hours later, a rash ( scarlet rash ) appears, the
rash can feel like sandpaper.

Scarlet fever is caused by a bacteria known as streptococcal, it is
contagious and spread by contact with an infected person or from inhalation
of the bacteria


Sore Throat

High fever 

Rash – usually starts at the neck and chest than spreading through
out the whole body



Nausea and or vomiting

Abdominal pain

Tongue becomes red and swollen ( looks like strawberry tongue )

 * Your doctor may want to take a culture of your throat for the
presence of streptococcal bacteria, he/she will examine your throat. 
Your doctor may order blood work to be done. 


Antibiotic therapy

Drink plenty of fluids

Acetaminophen ( tylenol product ) * do not take aspirin unless specified
by your doctor, due to the fact that  it can be associated with Reye’s
syndrome ( a sometimes fatal brain disease – cause – unknown )

Cool baths helps to reduce fever.

Your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine/anitpuritis medication to
relieve the itching