Scarlet fever is a specific bacterial infection of the palatine tonsils. Along with a sore throat, it can cause a relatively typical skin rash and a reddening of the tongue. Scarlet fever is considered a childhood illness. Because scarlet fever may result in heart damage, proper antibiotic treatment is very important.
Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection of the palatine tonsils by a bacteria called Streptococcus pyogenes. The range of symptoms includes sore throat as well skin rash that is not found with other infections of the tonsils.
Scarlet fever is considered a childhood disease. It usually occurs during childhood, but can also happen later in life. In contrast to other childhood diseases, scarlet fever can re-occur in the same individual. Common symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat and pain when swallowing, with a red swelling of the tonsils. The tongue may have a white covering and a dark red coloration, sometimes referred as strawberry tongue. Additionally, a skin rash is very typical. The rash commonly occurs on the underarms and groin and forms several reddish dots. The area around the mouth usually remains unaffected by the rash. Fever usually accompanies the disease and sometimes headaches and stomach aches do as well.
It is important to identity and treat scarlet fever. If not treated, the disease may in some rare cases develop into rheumatic fever. This disease affects the skin, joints, heart, and (rarely) the brain. Scarlet fever can be confirmed by the presence of typical symptoms and by swabbing the mouth to determine the type of bacteria present. Antibiotics are a successful treatment and should be taken over the course of 10 days.
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
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Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
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