Scarlet fever is a contagious infection that primarily affects kids between the age of five and fifteen. It’s characterized by sore throat, rash, and itching. It is easily treated with antibiotic drugs.
Scarlet Fever Symptoms
The same bacteria that cause Streptococcus, strep throat, secrete a toxin in kids. Therefore, kids that are susceptible to Streptococcus bacteria are more likely to get Scarlet Fever.
The most common symptoms include a sunburn-like rash on their back, chest, neck, and face, except the area around the mouth.
After about six days, the affected skin will start peeling off.
Other symptoms include:
– Swollen neck glands
– Abdominal pain
– Itchy skin
– Flushed face
– Sore throat
– Red rash
– High fever (101°Farhenheit)
In the past, it was a serious illness, but antibiotic drugs mean it is now easier to treat and less common.
Cases of scarlet fever have recently elevated.
Complications are rare but may include:
– Rheumatic fever
– Throat abscess
– Ear infection
People who suffer from skin condition known as impetigo are at a higher risk of getting complications.
How to Treat Scarlet Fever:
If your kid has scarlet fever, they must stay home and avoid siblings and friends to decrease the risk of spreading the infection. Separate their toothbrush and the cutlery they use from the rest of the family members.
The infection often requires 10-day treatment with antibiotic drugs. Although your kid may get better sooner than that period, do not stop giving them the antibiotic. You shouldn’t also send them back to school until there are twenty-four hours since their symptoms have gone away.
Before giving your kid antibiotics or pain relievers, use the following natural remedies to alleviate their symptoms:
– Give your kid lots of fluids every day as hydration plays a vital role in the recovery process.
– Give them warm fluids such as honey-lemon tea and soups, and soft foods to speed up the recovery process and boost their immune system.
– Clip their fingernails to prevent them from damaging their skin even more.
– Add some linalool to lavender oil to help moisturize the itchy and dry Scarlet Fever rash. You should also add some olive, almond, or another type of carrier oil.
– Dry air may further irritate your kid’s sore throat, so use humidifiers and water vapor to prevent it. You may also want to add lavender essential oil to decrease their throat inflammation.
– Add some raw honey, mint, and raspberry leaves to some hot water. Give your child the beverage 2 times on a daily basis to soothe their sore throat.
– You can alleviate their scarlet fever rash by mixing 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar into 2 cups of cool water. Then, soak a washcloth in the mix and apply it to affected area. It’s considered to help lower the irritation and inflammation by restoring the skin’s proper pH levels.