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Scarlet fever is a term used for strep throat with a rash. Usually it is caused by the same bacteria that results in strep throat, but it can be caused by other strep infections. Scarlet fever and strep infections are treated with antibiotics. Treatment can prevent serious problems from strep infection. The strep infection that causes scarlet fever can spread to others until 24 hours after your child begins taking antibiotics.
The rough, red rash that occurs with scarlet fever usually fades in about a week. At that time the skin may begin to peel.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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