Scarlet fever is back and every parent needs to watch out for these warning signs

When our children are struck with an illness we are eager to find the right solution to bring them back to health. When Scarlet Fever strikes, characterized by its rash, itch, and sore throat, we rush into a frenzy to try anything to stop it. This frenzy has become more common since 2015 as there was a huge increase in scarlet fever cases, caused by a new aggressive strain. [1] Luckily, we’ve come a long way since the pre-antibiotic Middle Ages and have developed ways to treat both the symptoms and cure the infection.

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How Do You Get Scarlet Fever?

The common Streptococcus bacteria (the same kind that causes strep throat), infects children by secreting a toxin. Children who are susceptible to this bacteria will get Scarlet Fever. [2] As a result, they develop a sunburn-like rash on the face, neck, back and chest, while the area around the mouth is left unaffected.

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