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Although scarlet fever used to be a very serious disease, most cases today are quite mild. Scarlet fever can be passed on through bacteria in airborne droplets from coughs and sneezes. In some cases it can follow infection from other sites, including wounds and burns.
It takes around 2 4 days to develop symptoms after being infected. If you think your child has scarlet fever, its a good idea to consult your GP.
There is no evidence to suggest that catching scarlet fever when you are pregnant will put your baby at risk.
It is very contagious and incubation period short. Even if she gets it after 24-48 hours of ab's she is no longer contagious. A sore throat and vomiting with fever are often first signs , or she may get Strep throat(same bacteria) but no rash if she's never been exposed before. Any symptoms and go straight to gp for a swab.
My DS is just getting over it. He came down with it very quickly after being exposed. (after 48 hours). They are quite poorly with it-very sore throat, sickness and quite a high temperature-but improve quickly with antibiotics, which are essential to prevent complications.
Antibiotics are considered essential with scarlet fever as it can lead to problems with the kidneys and also rheumatic fever if untreated. You are asked to take them back to the GP after a couple of weeks for a check-up where they test the urine.
Sorry to hear that-it really brings it home how important it is to get treatment. A lot of people dont realise do they?
I was furious because the hospital receptionist tried to turn us away the other day when I took DS5 to a and e with it.(It was a weekend and I knew what it was as one of my other sons had it some years ago.) She tried to say they would not treat him as he had not been ill long enough ! Luckily as I say I knew what it was and insisted on him being seen. The doctor obviously agreed and gave us the ABs.
Belgo- please make sure that your child does develop the rash and temperature that it is treated immediately. Kawasaki disease which is not nice at all is often mis diagnosed as scarlet fever which means it isn't treated properly and can leave people with lasting heart trouble.
I'm not normally a bringer of doom but have seen at first hand the damage this disease causes.