Scarlet fever, or scarlatina as some might know it, is a bacterial illness, a group A Streptococcus (group A Strep) infection that can develop in some people who have strep throat. Scarlet fever mainly affects children between the ages of 5 and 15 and it features a bright red rash that covers most of the body, accompanied by a high fever, a sore throat, headaches and swollen lymph nodes.
Scarlet fever occurs due to a group A Streptococcus infection. Also known as scarlatina, its symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic rash. The bacteria cause a red ‘scarlet’ rash and a feeling of sandpaper on the tongue.
Scarlet fever can occur as a result of an infection with a group A strep. The symptoms are a sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic rash. It most commonly affects children between five and fifteen years of age. The bacteria are usually spread by people coughing or sneezing, or when a person touches an object that has the bacteria on it and then touches their mouth or nose. There is no vaccine, however prevention can be done by frequent hand-washing, by not sharing personal items, and staying away from other people when sick. The disease is treatable with antibiotics which prevents most complications.