The scarlet fever is an infectious disease affecting mainly children from 5 to 10 years. The bacterium responsible for this disorder is streptococcus group A.
It spreads easily by air, from a child affected by scarlet fever or streptococcal sore throat. This condition has become scarce in its severe form, and most children at the age of 10 years, have not developed the disease. Scarlet fever occurs in winter epidemic wave in schools and places frequented by children. The incubation period is between 2 and 5 days and the disease comes on in 2 days with symptoms.
Scarlet Fever General Symptoms
- A high fever and intense high (up to 40 ° C) and chills
- Great general weakness and fatigue
- Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
- Abdominal pain and vomiting
- Possible status presence of dementia (in children – 5 years)
Scarlet Fever Pharyngeal Symptoms
- Pain and burning throat
- Angina red
- Increase the volume of glands in the neck and jaw
- Language and red thick with whitish deposit
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
Scarlet Fever Skin Symptoms
- Presence of small red button in the chest and bottom members and extending over the whole body (except the palms of the hand and foot plants)
- The skin is dry, hot, rough (itching possible)
Scarlet Fever Child Symptoms
- A high fever
- Suffers from a painful sore throat that impedes swallowing. It presents the symptoms of angina;
- A stomach ache and sometimes vomiting;
- A red rash (skin is pink and has small buttons) that appears first in the neck and bending folds (armpits, elbow, thigh) within 24 hours after the first symptoms. It can spread to the rest of the body in 2 or 3 days. The skin takes on the texture of sandpaper.
- Has a whitish coating on the tongue.
Consult your doctor if your child has a sore throat or if he has the symptoms described above to confirm the diagnosis. Request emergency medical assistance if your child has:
- A very sore ears or head;
- A temperature which exceeds (40 ° C (104 ° F) or more).