Scarlet Fever: Contagious!!

BY: The News Voice

Also known as scarlatina. It's an infection that can develop in people who have step throat.

Step throat is characterized by red rashes on your body accompanied by high fever and sore throat.

A rash is the most common sign in both children and adults. It usually begins as a red blotchy rash and becomes fine and rough like sandpaper.

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The rash starts on the neck, groin and under the arms and spreads to the rest of the body.

It is a rare occurance in infants, as they are protected by their mother's immune system components that prevent infection.

Headaches, chills, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, fever, flushed face are some other symptoms.

The infection can spread 2 to 5 days before a person feels ill through contact with droplets from infected person's saliva, sneeze or cough.

Group A strep infections spread through contaminated food and cause a skin infection. Touching the rash itself doesn't spread the bacteria as rash is a result of toxin.

In most cases, the rashes and other symptoms will be gone in 2 weeks with antibiotics, but there is chance for serious complications. BEWARE!