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Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever

Strep throat is a disease caused by group A streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat is often accompanied by a small red rash that causes the skin to feel like sandpaper. Rash is typically more prominent in the armpits and groin area. Just because a rash is present does not mean the severity of the disease increases. Strep throat is usually spread through direct contact, respiratory droplets, and close contact with the disease. Proper hand washing help controls the spread of strep throat. Children with strep throat should be kept away from others until after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.

Signs or symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes in neck
  • Loss of appetite

Strep throat is much less likely if there is:

  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Congestion

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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