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      Category : Health Centers > Infections (Infectious Diseases)

Scarlet Fever

Alternate Names : Scarletina

Scarlet Fever | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

The most important part of treatment is antibiotics. Medicines from the penicillin class, such as penicillin or amoxicillin, are commonly used. Acetaminophen can be used for fever, headache, or throat pain, as needed.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Antibiotics and acetaminophen may cause allergic reactions and stomach upset.

What happens after treatment for the infection?

Antibiotics almost always cure this condition. The skin quickly returns to normal once the rash peels off. In very rare cases, a person will need long-term treatment for heart or kidney damage from the infection.

How is the infection monitored?

Adults can usually monitor themselves or their children at home. If symptoms do not start to improve within 2 to 3 days or if they get worse, the healthcare provider should be contacted. Any new or worsening symptoms should also be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: John Riddle
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 01/27/01

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