Health What to Know About Scarlet Fever, the Antique Disease That’s on the Upswing

09:00  03 december  2017
09:00  03 december  2017 Source:   Lifehacker

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Scarlet fever , also known as scarlatina, is an infection that can develop in people who have strep throat. Antibiotic treatments have reduced the severity of the symptoms and the prevalence of the disease .

The bacteria that causes strep throat is also responsible for scarlet fever . It can be successfully treated with antibiotics. The best ways to prevent transmission of scarlet fever and other infectious diseases are "What you need to know about scarlet fever ." Medical News Today.

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In olden days, scarlet fever would rip through towns killing children. (In fiction, it killed one out of four Little Women and threatened at least one velveteen rabbit owner.) This disease has never gone away, but now it’s on the upswing in Asia and the United Kingdom.

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In the early 20th century, scarlet fever was a leading cause of death in children. However, today we hear less about the disease due to better treatments and preventative measures that The parents all had the same reaction to the diagnosis: "Did you even know scarlet fever was a 'thing' anymore?"

Scarlet fever - a long-standing illness, which has been known for many centuries ago.The very name of the disease comes from the Latin «scarlatum», which means "bright red."This is likely due to the fact that our ancestors noticed red skin rash

Cases of scarlet fever tripled in England in 2014 and are now at a 50-year high, according to research published in Lancet Infectious Diseases. This surge follows a severe spike in scarlet fever cases in South Korea, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong.

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Why though?

Theresa Lamagni, lead author of the study, told STAT that her team quantified the trend but has no idea of the cause. “We’re left thinking what on earth it could be. We don’t have an answer at the moment.”

Possible reasons are antibiotic resistance, or a trend among the bacteria to produce the scarlet fever toxin more often than they used to, just for funsies.

How do people get scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever actually comes from the same kind of bacteria that causes strep throat: Streptococcus pyogenes. Impetigo, a contagious rash that strikes young children, is also caused by the same germ.

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The main symptoms of scarlet fever are a fever (duh), sometimes strep throat, and a characteristic scarlet rash with a sandpapery texture that starts on the neck and spreads downward. Like strep throat, it spreads through coughs and sneezes.

Can we blame this on anti-vaxxers?

Sorry, no. There is no vaccine for scarlet fever. (One was developed long ago, but it didn’t work very well. It has since been abandoned, because the disease can be cured by antibiotics.)

Is scarlet fever increasing in the US, too?

Not that we know of. Doctors don’t have to report cases of scarlet fever to the CDC, so we don’t have data on how many cases there have been. So far, though, nobody has noted an uptick in the US.

Is scarlet fever deadly?

Without treatment, it can be. Back in the days of the velveteen rabbit, the disease could be fatal in 30 percent of cases.

Today, though, we have antibiotics. If you think your child has scarlet fever (or if, after reading this, you’re convinced that that zit on your neck is the start of a sandpapery scarlet rash), call the doctor.

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