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Question: scarlet fever/ rheumatic fever

 Thillemann - Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:24 pm

My 19 month old son was diagnosed with ster throat last week. Today I brought him back into the doctor because he has a rash covering his body I eas told he now has scarlet fever. My mother, Aunt and grandmother all had rheumatic fever. Should I be concerned that he may have rheumatic fever. I have read about and he does seem to young to get it but I just want to make sure. He was switched from amoxiciilin to duricef today.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:21 am

User avatar Hi Thillemann,
A scarlet fever rash sometimes seen in strep infections is thought to be a reaction due to the toxins produced by the strep bacteria. Occurrences of rheumatic fever are much less frequently seen today as compared to years past due to the fact that strep infections are promptly treated and this was not always the case in past years. In my opinion I would be much more concerned if the strep infection were not being appropriately treated.
Theresa Jones, RN


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