What Is Scarlet Fever?

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Scarlet fever is a disease whose name once struck fear into children and adults alike. In many cases, it would be fatal, and mostly occurred in young children. Fortunately, however, it is nowhere near as dangerous as it used to be. This is thanks mainly to modern medicine and also to improved hygiene practices.

While it is not usually dangerous, it can still be very uncomfortable, and should be treated as soon as possible. It can pose more of a threat to vulnerable people and anybody with the condition should be monitored in case. Here, we take a closer look at scarlet fever and how it can affect those who have it.

1. Strep Throat

Scarlet Fever is a condition that sometimes develops in people who have strep throat. Strep throat causes a sore throat that will also feel scratchy, as well as some other unwelcome symptoms. Strep throat is caused by the group A streptococcus bacteria. Because strep throat can go on to develop into something more dangerous, it is wise to treat it as soon as possible. Thankfully, it is relatively easy to treat with antibiotics. It is not always necessary to call a doctor, with the patient often making a full recovery in just a few days or so. However, a doctor should be called if there is no progress in a few days.

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