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scarlet fever?

3 year old w/red rash face, sandpaper body. He has been to the doctor 3 times in the last 2 weeks - no sore throat or fever doctor now says scarlet fever. Can this be so - he did not give him any medication. Also the has a twin and a one year old brother. Will they get whatever it is. I don't think its scarlet fever. This mother uses sunblock baby somthing w/ a cherry smell.

Thank you

Get a second opinion...
firstly scarlet fever is caused by streptococcus...this is a bacterial infection so can be treated with antibiotics...the doctor should have taken a throat swab to see if it is this then prescibe antibiotics.

Secondly scarlet fever starts with a sore throat...and the rash should fade within 6 days post the first symptom of a sore throat and they have a temperature and swollen lymph glands.

here is a good website on scarlet fever....

Go get a second opinion...  (+ info)

Scarlet fever?

what is the fastest way to get rid of scarlet fever? beside going to the doctor i've allready done that

Scarlet fever is very dangerous. You must see a doctor and follow his/her advice to the letter. You may also need follow up care, because scarlet fever can lead to rheumatic fever which affects the heart.  (+ info)

Scarlet Fever?

I am 21 weeks pregnant and have been exposed to Scarlet Fever,
Should I be concerned?

Congratulations on the pregnancy.

Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection usually spread by airborne


(produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs). It is commonest


three to six year olds, and starts with a sore throat. Swollen glands,


and rash are other common symptoms.

There is no evidence to suggest that scarlet fever poses any threat to

pregnant women. Coming into contact with infections during the early,


vulnerable months of pregnancy is often unavoidable. despite this, the


majority of infections are not dangerous to the foetus at all. At


weeks, your wife is just getting to a less vulnerable stage of


However, if she comes into contact with any infection that you are


about, it is always worth contacting her GYP to establish whether the

particular infection does carry risks in pregnancy or not.  (+ info)

Can you get scarlet fever without developing a fever?

I took my daughter to the doctor today for a rash on her chest and back. She said that she has strep throat which caused scarlet fever.
She doesn't have a sore throat and hasn't had one and she hasn't even acted sick?
Is this abnormal? Is it possible the doctor is wrong?

If your child has scarlet fever, he or she may experience these common signs and symptoms:

* Red rash that looks like a sunburn and feels like sandpaper
* Red lines (Pastia's lines) in folds of skin around the groin, armpits, elbows, knees and neck
* Strawberry red and bumpy appearance of the tongue, often covered with a white coating early in the disease
* Flushed face with paleness around the mouth
* Fever of 101 F (38.3 C) or higher, often with chills
* Very sore and red throat, sometimes with white or yellowish patches
* Difficulty swallowing
* Enlarged glands in the neck (lymph nodes) that are tender to the touch
* Nausea or vomiting
* Headache

The sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes and fever are likely to appear first, while the "scarlet" signs and symptoms of scarlet fever usually appear on the second day of illness. If your child has scarlet fever, the rash and flushing will likely begin on his or her chest and spread to the neck, face, trunk, arms and legs. The rash won't appear on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet.

The rash and the redness in the face and tongue usually last about a week. After these scarlet fever symptoms have subsided, the skin affected by the rash often peels.
Photos showing scarlet fever

The red rash of scarlet fever usually begins on the chest and spreads to the neck, trunk, arms and legs.

A bacterium called Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus causes scarlet fever. This is the same bacterial infection that causes strep throat, but the strain of bacteria causing scarlet fever releases toxins that produce the rash, Pastia's lines, flushed face and red tongue.

Strep bacteria that cause scarlet fever spread from one person to another by fluids from the mouth and nose. If an infected person coughs or sneezes, the bacteria can become airborne, or the bacteria may be present on things the person touches — a drinking glass or a doorknob. If you're in proximity to an infected person, you may inhale airborne bacteria. If you touch something an infected person has touched and then touch your own nose or mouth, you could pick up the bacteria.

The incubation period — the time between exposure and illness — is usually two to four days. If scarlet fever isn't treated, a person may be contagious for a few weeks even after the illness itself has passed. And someone may carry scarlet fever strep bacteria without being sick. Therefore, it's difficult to know if you've been exposed.

Scarlet fever strep bacteria can also contaminate food, especially milk, but this mode of transmission isn't as common.

Rare causes of scarlet fever
Rare causes of scarlet fever are other strains of Streptococcus pyogenes associated with either a skin infection (impetigo) or a uterine infection contracted during childbirth. These cases result in the characteristic fever, rash and other "scarlet" symptoms but not signs and symptoms associated with a throat infection.
Risk factors

Children 5 to 15 years of age are more likely than other people to get scarlet fever.

Scarlet fever strep bacteria spread more easily among people in close contact. If a child carries the bacteria, the disease can spread easily among family members or schoolmates.
When to seek medical advice

Talk to your doctor if your child has any one of the following signs or symptoms:

* A sore throat with a fever
* A fever of 102 F (38.9 C) or higher (100 F for infants 6 months old or younger)
* A sore throat that doesn't get better within 24 to 48 hours
* A sore throat with swollen or tender glands in the neck
* A rash
* Difficulty swallowing or opening his or her mouth all the way

Tests and diagnosis

Your doctor will conduct an exam to determine the cause of your child's sore throat, rash and other symptoms. He or she will:

* Look at the condition of your child's throat, tonsils and tongue
* Feel your child's neck to determine if lymph nodes are enlarged
* Assess the appearance and texture of the rash

If your doctor suspects strep as the cause of your child's illness, he or she will also swab the back of your child's throat to collect material that may harbor strep bacteria. Tests for the strep bacterium are important because a number of conditions can cause the signs and symptoms of scarlet fever, and these illnesses may require different treatments. If there are no strep bacteria, then some other factor is causing the illness. Your doctor may order one or more of the following laboratory tests:

* Throat culture. The sample from your child's throat is examined in a laboratory test in which the bacteria can thrive. Although this is a very reliable test, the results may take as long as two days.
* Rapid antigen test. Your doctor may also order a rapid antigen test, sometimes called a rapid strep test, which can detect foreign proteins (antigens) associat  (+ info)

How could someone catch scarlet fever in the 1800s?

I'm writing a story for school, and I need to know how a 12-14 year old girl could catch scarlet fever. (She is going on a wagon train to California) Could she catch it from someone else? Is it not contagious that way? In my story it's in the 1850s.
My plan is that the girl gets Scarlet Fever, then Meningitis. How can I work this out?
10 points to best, fastest answer.
I need an answer by tonight.
Thanks so much!

scarlet fever is contagious ( very much so) being in contact with anyone who has the disease will give it to you. I had all three varieties of the disease over a two year period. and I lived in an isolated northern settlement.
meningitis is from a different germ, you can't get one disease from another disease. look up meningitis on your search engine for more details, its a specific bacteria that gives it to you so you can't get it from having scarlet fever.  (+ info)

What is the difference between strep throat and scarlet fever?

My doctor advised me that my son has strep throat and not scarlet fever. I have looked at descriptions online but both sound the same to me. There obviously a ifference can anyone advise?

Please see the webpages for more details on Strep throat and Scarlet fever.
Streptococcus- A genus of bacteria. Gram-positive cocci, often occuring in chains of varying length. Require enriched media for growth and the colonies are small. Saprophytic (saprophyte-Free living micro-organisms obtaining food from dead and decaying animal or plant tisue) and parasitic species. Pathogenic species produce powerful toxins. In man they are responsible for numerous infections such as scarlatina (scarlet fever), tonsillitis (inflammation of tonsils), erysipelas (an acute, specific,infectious disease, in which there is a spreading, streptococcal inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, accompanied by fever and constitutional disturbances), endocarditis (inflammation of the inner lining of the heart-endothelium-most commonly due to rheumatic fever), rheumatic fever, glomerulonephritis ( a term used in bilateral, non-suppurative inflammation of the glomeruli of the kidneys), and wound infections in hospital.
Scarlet fever- Infection by haemolytic streptococcus producing a rash. Occurs mainly in children. Begins commonly with a throat infection, leading to pyrexia (fever) and the outbreak of a punctate (dotted or spotted) erythematous (reddening) eruption of the skin. Characteristically the area around the mouth escapes (circumoral palor). In strep throat, there is no such rash.  (+ info)

What is the bacterial infection called scarlet fever?

What causes scarlet fever to infect a person and what are the symptoms?


this site will answer all your questions...basically it comes from strep throat that hasn't been appropriately treated.  (+ info)

What are the differences between scarlet fever and yellow fever?

I'm doing a project on scarlet fever, and I need to know this soon.


The colour.  (+ info)

How long can you have scarlet fever without showing symptoms?

I kissed a boy 2 weeks ago who got scarlet fever two days ago, is there any chance i could get it from the last time we kissed?

Scarlet fever is still very much around!

Scarlet fever is an infection caused by a type of bacteria known as hemolytic streptococci, which belongs to the A streptococcus bacteria group. Scarlet fever usually occurs after a throat or skin infection with streptococcus bacteria, such as strep throat. Scarlet fever is the rash that is a complication of the streptococcus bacteria. Scarlet fever is also known as scarletina, although this term is sometimes used to refer to a mild form of the disease.

It is quite rare because of the regular use of antibiotics for strep infections. It usually affects children, most commonly between the ages of 4 and 8 years, but people of any age can catch it, although its very rare in children under 2 years.

Although scarlet fever used to be a very serious disease, most cases today are quite mild. Scarlet fever can be passed on through bacteria in airborne droplets from coughs and sneezes. In some cases it can follow infection from other sites, including wounds and burns.

It takes around 2 to 4 days to develop symptoms after being infected. If you think have you scarlet fever because of exposure, its a good idea to consult your doctor.  (+ info)

What area of the world did Scarlet fever originate from?, and what is the degree of damage caused by it?

What area of the world did Scarlet fever originate from?, and what is the degree of damage caused by it?

Scarlet fever is caused by a bacteria called group A streptococcus (GAS). It produces several exotoxins of which 2 (known as SSPE A and C) causes scarlet fever. This is basically a generalized rash that occurs in several areas of the body. It is also one of the 6 child hood causes of exanthum(rash). It is also known as Scarlatina (from the Italian scarlattina). Infections are common in children because they do not have antibodies against the exotoxins.

The main damage is not caused by the scarlet fever, but by the other exotoxins especially SSPE A. It can cause toxic shock that is highly fatal. GAS infections can also cause acute rheumatic fever and acute glomerulonephritis. However this is due to a component known as M proteins.  (+ info)

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