Symptoms and Prevention of Scarlet Fever – What Parents Should Know

by Vanessa Rhodes

The scarlet fever comes as an infection of streptococcus. That’s the bacteria that accompany the strep throat.

According to doctors and scientists, the Fever lost its battle and was nowhere to be found over the last 100 years. However, some countries are experiencing the resurrection of scarlet fever, and they are already alarming the parents.

It’s a rare condition worldwide affecting only less than 10% of those suffering from strep throat.

What are the Symptoms?

Scarlet fever occurs when the bacteria secrete a toxin which is sensitive for the affected kid. It attacks all children aged between 5–15 and comes with specific symptoms:

  • Fever over 1010F
  • Red rash on the face, abdomen, back, chest, and spreading all over the body. The skin should look like it has a sunburn, rough, and scratchy.
  • A sore throat with disgusting yellow patches
  • Swollen tonsils and other glands
  • White tongue with red spots
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting
  • Chills, Headaches

What are the dangers of Scarlet Fever?

If you don’t seek medical attention for this condition, it could lead to a bigger infection and long-term effects like:

  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Kidney Disease
  • Otitis Media
  • Skin Infections
  • Abscesses of the Throat
  • Pneumonia
  • Arthritis

How to Prevent this Condition?

The Scarlet fever is highly contagious. To put things into perspective, if an affected person touches, sneezes, or coughed over something and someone else touches the same thing, he will get affected, as well.

Reduce the risk by:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water, especially after you eat or blow your nose.
  • Keep contaminated implements like cups, toothbrushes, and cups away from the rest of the family
  • No skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a strep throat or scarlet fever.

If your kid already has scarlet fever, visit the doctor immediately. You can strengthen up the treatment by giving him:

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About the Author

Vannessa is a popular blogger and writer on health-related tips and articles. She is the head editor at HealthyHomestead.com, and very passionate about health and beauty.

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