Scarlet Fever Is Coming Back, Here Are The Warning Signs You Need To Look for
As parents we don’t like to see our children in pain, sick, or sad. When our children get sick, we do everything within our power to make them comfortable and to help them recover as quickly as possible.
One of the most common illnesses to effect children between the ages of 5 and 15 is Scarlet Fever.
Scarlet Fever in the past was a lot more common, but thanks to advancements in medical research and technology, it is less common, and not as lethal as decades ago.
Scarlet Fever cases increased back in 2015 to present. You need to keep an eye on common cold and flu symptoms. If your child develops a sore throat, or itching accompanied by a red rash, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
The same bacteria that is found in strep throat is the same that is found in Scarlet Fever. If your child develops Scarlet Fever they will likely develop a red rash on their face, chest, back, and neck. This redness looks a lot like a sunburn, but rest assured it is not.
The area around the mouth is not usually effected, and the rash will start to peel off after about a week.
Other symptoms you should be aware of, Itching skin, pain in the abdomen, high temperature, swollen neck glands, and a flushed face.
Doctors will usually prescribe a ten day antibiotic course to treat Scarlet Fever. This is a highly contagious illness so be sure your children do not come into contact with other children until they have been fever free for well over 24 hours.
If Scarlet Fever goes untreated, Scarlet Fever can lead to serious complications affecting the heart and kidneys, and can even lead to death. If you suspect your child may have Scarlet Fever, seek immediate medical help.