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What is scarlet fever called now?
Hereof, is scarlet fever still around?
Fast facts on scarlet fever Scarlet fever is less common now than in the past, but outbreaks still occur. The bacteria that causes strep throat is also responsible for scarlet fever. It can be successfully treated with antibiotics.
Also, how long does scarlet fever last? Scarlet fever lasts for around a week. You're infectious up to 7 days before the symptoms start until 24 hours after you take the first antibiotic tablets. People who do not take antibiotics can be infectious for 2 to 3 weeks after symptoms start.
Then, is Scarlet Fever Dangerous?
However, if left untreated, scarlet fever can lead to serious complications including rheumatic fever (an inflammatory disease that can affect the heart, joints, skin, and brain), kidney damage, ear infections, skin infections, pneumonia, and sepsis.
What is the first sign of scarlet fever?
Initial symptoms usually include a sore throat, headache and a high temperature (38.3C/101F or above), flushed cheeks and a swollen tongue. A day or two later the characteristic pinkish rash appears. It usually occurs on the chest and stomach before spreading to other areas of the body, such as the ears and neck.