Scarlet Fever Quiz

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Learn more about Scarlet fever

Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is scarlet fever?

This is an illness caused by bacterial infection (group A streptococcus) that is most common amongst children and teenagers. It is characterized by redness and rashes, with a pale zone around the mouth. With modern antibiotics, this is less dangerous than it used to be, but prompt treatment is still important. It is often accompanied by sore throat and high fever.

Symptoms of scarlet fever

  • Bumpy rash that started on the neck, then spread to the rest of the body

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Sore throat

Questions your doctor may ask to check for scarlet fever

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose scarlet fever

  • Did the skin bump start at the neck and spread to the whole body?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Do you have a sore throat?

Treatment for scarlet fever

Scarlet fever is treated by antibiotics, and it is important to complete the full prescribed course of antibiotics as instructed by your doctor.

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