Scarlet fever is very infectious infectious disease. The bacteria causing it are transmitted through the smallest drops of saliva and can cause a pharyngalgia, rash and fever.

Scarlet fever meets at children more often, than at adults. Usually with it children aged from six up to twelve years get sick. This disease can arise at any age.

Scarlet fever: symptoms

Scarlet fever symptoms for the first time appear approximately in one-three days after infection (a scarlet fever incubation interval). Almost always the disease begins suddenly, out of the blue. The general symptoms of scarlet fever include:

1. Pharyngalgia.
2. Constantly high temperature.
3. Fever.
4. The reddened cheeks.
5. Exhaustion.
6. Vomiting.
7. Rash.
8. Abdominal pain (especially at small children).
9. Headaches and ache are obese.

However such signs are unconvincing and can meet at many other diseases. Typical symptoms of scarlet fever can demonstrate existence of a disease: crimson language, characteristic rash, inflammation of palatine tonsils, small whitish plaques on the interior of cheeks.

There are also people at whom scarlet fever proceeds without fever and rash. Especially elderly patients often have not all typical symptoms of scarlet fever. In general the disease easily is overlooked at adults.

In the presence of above-mentioned symptoms it is not necessary to wait for a course of a disease.

Scarlet fever: inspection and diagnostics

The doctor collects a case history (anamnesis). He asks the patient (in case of children: parents) for example when fever began whether someone from relatives has scarlet fever.

Further physical survey follows: the doctor checks a throat and palatine tonsils whether are they reddened, swelled up or white. He also palpates lymph nodes on a neck. They can bulk up at scarlet fever. The doctor looks at skin on all body. If there is rash, he asks when began and whether causes the naggers. Scarlet rash temporarily disappears under pressure of the wooden pallet. Sometimes at patients rash is formed also on mucous membranes in a mouth.

Treatment of scarlet fever usually consists of reception of an antibiotic. It allows symptoms to cease a little quicker and prevents complications. Besides, patients are not infectious for other people, in 24 hours after the beginning of an antibioticotherapia.