SCARLET FEVER IS MAKING A COMEBACK AND PARENTS NEED TO KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS

            

As a loving parent, we want to ensure that our children are happy and healthy at all times. We do what we can to ensure that they live a good life in that way, but there are going to be times when illness strikes and there’s not much we can do about it. Of course, we do what we can to make them comfortable and help it go away but avoiding illness is impossible.

Some illnesses come and go quickly but others can be quite severe and you need to catch them as early as possible. That is the case with scarlet fever, an illness that is making a surprising come back. It is characterized by a sore throat, itching and a rash. When it happens, we want to be on top of it as quickly as possible.

 

There was a large increase in scarlet fever cases in recent years because of an aggressive, new strain. We’ve come a long way since the Middle Ages, when it could’ve been a very serious and potentially deadly problem.

What Causes Scarlet Fever?

 

The Streptococcus bacteria, which also causes strep throat, can infect the children by secreting toxins. When children are susceptible to the bacteria, they may get scarlet fever. The first sign is typically a sunburn like rash on the neck, face, back and chest and the area around the mouth is primarily unaffected.

Six days later, the skin begins to peel off along with other symptoms.

Common Symptoms

Often Scarlet Fever is accompanied by a:

Red Rash

Flushed face

Sore throat

Itchy skin

Swollen neck glands.

High Fever (101°F)

Abdominal pain

What can I do?

 

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