Scarlet fever is back and every parent needs to watch out for these warning signs

Needless to say, whenever a child is struck with an illness, the parents immediately start looking for the solution to reverse the condition. When Scarlet Fever strikes, manifested by sore throat, rash, and itching, parents desperately try anything to stop it! This has become even more common since 2015 due to the increase in the prevalence of scarlet fever cases.  The good news is that modern medicine has developed new ways to address the symptoms and reverse the condition.

How Do You Get Scarlet Fever?

Streptococcus bacteria infects children by releasing toxins and children who are more susceptible to it are the most prone to getting Scarlet Fever.  Consequently, they experience rash on the face, neck, back, and chest, while the area surrounding the mouth is left intact.

Within 6 days the skin begins to peel off, along with other symptoms:

Flushed face

Itchy skin

Swollen neck glands

High Fever (101°F)

Abdominal pain

Sore throat

Red rash

What Do I Do When My Child has Scarlet Fever?

First, note that this infection is contagious, meaning that you should limit the contact your child has with other kids. Your child shouldn’t go out until the infection is completely cured and their toothbrushes need to be separated from the ones other family members use.

The treatment involves use of 10-days of antibiotics. While the symptoms may improve sooner, you still need to continue giving your child the antibiotic treatment. Wait 24 hours once the symptoms have subsided prior sending them to school.

Addressing the bacteria is of utmost importance as neglecting them may lead to serious problems in the kidneys, heart, and other vital organs.

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