Scarlet Fever

What is Scarlet Fever?

Scarlet fever is an exotoxin-mediated disease that occurs most often in association with a sore throat and rarely with impetigo or other streptococcal infections. It is characterized by sore throat, fever, a ‘strawberry’ tongue, and a fine sandpaper rash over the upper body that may spread to cover almost the entire body. Scarlet fever is not rheumatic fever, but may progress into that condition as the infection develops (rheumatic fever is an autoimmune disease that can occur after infection with Group A strep). The rate of development is far lower in individuals who have received antibiotic treatment.

What are the Symptoms of Scarlet Fever?

  • Scarlet fever occurs most frequently in children.
  • Its symptoms include:
  • Bright red or scarlet rash.
  • High fever.
  • Sore throat.
  • Tongue coated with red spots.
  • Infected tonsils
  • Vomiting.

It usually starts with a very high fever. Next a distinctive scarlet rash appears, first on the neck and chest and then all over the body. The tongue also becomes swollen and turns bright red. After three days the rash and fever usually disappear, but the tongue may remain swollen for several more days.

Traditional Medical Treatments for Scarlet Fever?

Scarlet fever is a childhood disease that was once fatal and now has been controlled by antibiotics.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Scarlet Fever

Helpful herbs include black rose, twinleaf, and bloodroot.