Scarlet fever refers to a bacterial infection that develops in people who have strep throat or strep skin infections. This disease mostly affects children, and some of its symptoms are:
The bacterium called group A Streptococcus or group A Strep is the cause of this disease. The bacteria release a toxin that causes a red rash and red tongue. The group A Strep lives in the nose and the tongue and can be easily spread to other people.
You can get sick with this disease when you:
Although some individuals do not react to the toxin, they carry and pass on the infection without showing any symptoms.
Treatment for this disease is important as it accelerates recovery and reduces the risk of complications. Our doctors at our walk-in clinic in TX, 78227, will treat you with antibiotics. Antibiotics help the immune system fight off the bacteria causing the infection. This helps prevent the infection from causing complications. The treatment involves a 10-day course of oral antibiotics, usually penicillin.
The fever goes within 12 to 24 hours of taking the first antibiotic medication, and patients recover within five days after starting the treatment. Our doctors may also prescribe other fever medication to ease the pain of the sore throat.
Home remedies like gargling with salty warm water, eating ice pops, ice creams, or warm soup can also help. You may also humidify to stop irritation from dry air.
As is the case with several other illnesses, prevention is better than cure. Good hygiene practices are the best way to prevent scarlet fever.
The following are prevention tips that have proven helpful:
The scarlet fever rash and other scarlet fever symptoms will be gone in 10 days to 2 weeks with antibiotic treatment. However, some complications may be noticed, and if they do, you’ll have to seek urgent care near you. These complications include:
There are complications diagnosed in our Urgent Care Center, but they are rare. These include:
Our medical practitioner will conduct a physical exam to check the signs of the fever. During the exam, the doctor will check the condition of your tongue, throat, and tonsils. They will also look for enlarged lymph nodes and examine the texture and appearance. If your doctor suspects you have scarlet fever, they will swab the back of your throat. This will help them collect a sample of their cells for analysis.