What is Scarlet fever?
Scarlet fever is an illness that is caused by a bacterium.
Scarlet fever usually develops two to seven days after exposure to an infected person and symptoms include a pinkish rash, sore throat, headaches and fever.
How is scarlet fever transmitted?
The infection is spread when an infected person sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the infected air particles.
Infection also occurs when you share the clothing of an infected person and touch their skin.
Who is at risk for infection?
Scarlet fever mostly affects children younger than 15 years of age but it can affect anybody regardless of their age.
The bacterium that causes the infection is also the same bacterium that causes skin infections and sore throats so when children come in contact with those infected with these infections they can also contract scarlet fever.
How is scarlet fever treated?
If you suspect that you have scarlet fever consult your Doctor for a definitive diagnosis.
Scarlet fever is treated with a full dose of antibiotics, which should be prescribed by your Doctor.
How do I protect myself from contracting scarlet fever?
You can protect yourself by staying away from suspected patients infected with scarlet fever.
If your child is diagnosed with scarlet fever avoid sharing utensils and cups with them.
Wash their clothes and wash your hands regularly.
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