Scarlett Fever is making a comeback. Microshield specialise in infection prevention. Anyone can use the Microshield disinfection service to improve hygiene, reduce the risk of cross contamination & the spread of infection.
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.
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.
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?
Scarlet fever is contagious so limit the contact your child has with siblings and friends. Be sure they have separate toothbrushes and use different cutlery from the rest of the family. Your child should not go out until the infection is gone.
It typically takes 10 days of antibiotic treatment to get rid of scarlet fever. Improvement may be seen sooner than 10 days, but the medicine should be given for its full course. You have to wait 24 hours after the symptoms disappear before you send them back to school.
If the bacteria is left unattended, it could damage the heart, kidneys and other parts of the body.
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