is scarlet fever?
Basically, scarlet fever (also known as scarlatina) is a sore throat
with a widespread red rash.
the rash the child has:
tongue with tiny red spots
and sometimes, tummy pains
The rash of scarlet fever spreads all over the body but is often
absent from around the mouth. This white area is known as 'circumoral
three days the 'lobster red' rash of scarlet fever appears first
on the chest and back, spreading next to the rest of the body. It
lasts for 4 - 5 days. The skin often flakes after the rash has gone.
These are rare but sometimes nephritis (kidney inflammation) or
rheumatic fever (inflammation of the joints and heart valves) occurs.
gets scarlet fever?
Anyone can get this condition, but it is rare nowadays and seldom
serious. What causes scarlet fever? This disease is caused by a
bacterium called streptococcus that causes sore throats and tonsillitis.
A toxin is produced by this bacterium which causes the rash and
complications of scarlet fever. Antibiotics have now reduced this
condition to a rare and mild disease.
you prevent scarlet fever? This disease is not one to be feared
and so there is no vaccine.
should you treat scarlet fever?
your child at home
rest is not essential
child got a fever?
child got swollen red tonsils?
child got furred tongue?
YES to any of the above call your G.P.
Will prescribe antibiotics such as penicillin or erythromycin.