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Scarlet fever: The warning signs parents need to know


This illness is caused by an infection with group A streptococcus bacteria. Click through to see what it is.


Scarlet fever: fever, strawberry tongue, sandpaper texture rash that spares palms and soles, cervical lymphadenopathy, exudative pharyngitia


Scarlet Fever Strep throat caused by erythrogenic toxin producing strains of Streptococcus pyogenes results in scarlet fever. Erythrogenic toxin production is caused by a phage. Symptoms include a red rash, high fever, red enlarged tongue. Penicillin is the drug of choice. Immunity is developed to the toxin not the organism.


Streptococcal Pharyngitis and Scarlet Fever – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Ongoing care - A childhood disease characterized by fever, pharyngitis, and rash caused by group A β-hemolytic Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) that produces erythrogenic toxin Read more: