It’s hard to see your child sick. They are miserable, you’re miserable, and life just seems bleak when they are feeling down. You want them to get back to normal as soon as possible. Across the world, there is one major illness that affects kids between the ages of five and fifteen.
This disease is Scarlet Fever and it is making a comeback.
You’ll want to keep an eye out this cold and flu season and catch it as early as possible. If your child develops a rash and sore throat, and are feeling itchy, it is time to call your doctor and make an appointment.
Scarlet Fever was much more common in the past. Thanks to modern medicine and antibiotics, it isn’t as threatening as it used to be and we don’t see it as often as they did years ago.
However, a new aggressive strain has been making the rounds around the world since 2015.
Many children develop strep throat and the bacteria that causes strep throat is also responsible for Scarlet Fever. Streptococcus puts out a toxin that causes children who are prone to catching this bacteria to now come down with Scarlet Fever. If your child catches this disease, they will experience a rash on their neck, back, chest, and face that looks like a sunburn. The area around the mouth is typically not affected. The skin will then begin to peel off after about six days.
There are other symptoms of Scarlet Fever you need to be aware of:
- Flushed face
- Swollen neck glands
- Sore throat
- High fever (101°F)
- Red rash
- Abdominal pain
- Itchy skin
Remember, Scarlet Fever is very contagious. If your child comes down with this disease, keep them isolated until it is over. They should not be around siblings, family members, or friends. Keep their toothbrush away from the rest of your family’s in order to contain the virus, as well.
Your doctor will typically provide your child with a ten-day treatment of antibiotics. Do not send them back to school until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours. Scarlet Fever can cause other complications if left untreated. These complications are linked to heart, kidney, and other organ issues.
Do you or did you know anyone with Scarlet Fever? Tell us about it and pass this article along to friends who have young children!