Posted 19 May 2011 01:44
When I was about five years old, around eight years ago, i had this disease. I actually almost died on Christmas because of it.... And then my little brother got it from me sadly on Christmas morning . Today I'm hear to tell you about Scarlet Fever!
What is Scarlet Fever?
Scarlet fever is an infection which produces a red rash on the body and flu-like symptoms. It is quite rare in the Canada area, but it is most likely to occur amongst children, around four to eight years old.
•Red rash that feels like sandpaper - typically starts on the chest and spreads to the arms and legs
-This rash may last between 2 and 7 days. After the rash disappears, the skin on the fingers and toes may peel.
•Pink or red color to the face with pale area around the lips
•"Strawberry tongue" - red, swollen bumps on the tongue with whitish coating
•Swollen glands in the neck
Less common symptoms of scarlet fever may include:
•Upset stomach or vomiting
Scarlet fever is diagnosed in the same way as strep throat. A throat swab is taken and either a rapid test is performed or it is cultured to see if the streptococcus bacteria is present. The rapid test can show a positive result in 5 - 10 minutes but the culture may take up to two days to get results.
Scarlet fever must be treated with antibiotics to kill the streptococcus bacteria that is causing the infection. If your child has scarlet fever, he/she will need to be treated with antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to school or daycare to be sure he is no longer contagious.
You can also give your child fever-reducing medications, such as Tylenol or Motrin, to help make him more comfortable and ease the pain of the sore throat. Cold foods such as ice cream, popsicles and jello are soothing to a sore throat. Warm liquids such as soup may also be comforting. Running a cool mist humidifier while your child is sleeping will help keep the throat and nose moist and help prevent discomfort during the night.
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