Scarlet fever is a term used for strep throat with a rash. 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 you begin 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 treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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