Scarlet Fever Is Back and Here Are the Warning Signs You Need to Look Out For
Doctors advise parents to pay attention to the symptoms of Scarlet Fever as the infection has reached the highest levels since the 1960s. According to the Public Health England, the cases of Scarlet Fever have doubled since the beginning of 2018.
On January 28, there were 735 cases of scarlet fever reported in the UK, which makes it the biggest one-week outbreak since April 2017. This infection is common among children between the age of 2 and 8. The most recognizable symptoms are:
- ‘’strawberry tongue.’’
- sore throats
Moreover, this infection mostly occurs in the spring or winter. However, cases are expected to plummet this year.
Scarlet Fever Throughout History
This infection was very common and exceptionally deadly in the Victorian era. However, partly due to hygiene, the cases drastically reduced. But, in the late 1800s and at the start of the 1900s, scarlet fever was a deadly disease for thousands of people.
Now, thanks to modern antibiotics, this infection is less dangerous. However, the cases of Scarlet Fever have skyrocketed again since 2015. Some blame the aggressive strain.
How It Starts to Develop
Streptococcus is a bacteria that causes strep throat. The same bacteria starts to secrete a toxin in children and causes Scarlet Fever. Therefore, the children who are prone to Streptococcus, have a higher chance of developing Scarlet Fever.
As a result, a rash, that looks like a sunburn, starts to appear on the back, chest, neck, and face (except around the mouth). After six days, the affected area begins to peel.
Signs of Scarlet Fever
- Abdominal pain
- Flushed face
- High fever (101°F)
- Itchy skin
- Red rash
- A sore throat
- Swollen neck glands
How to Treat a Child with Scarlet Fever
Have in mind that this infection is contagious. Therefore, we highly suggest that the child stays at home. Furthermore, it takes around ten days to treat this infection properly.
So, even if the child shows improvement from the treatment, it should stay at home for the span of 10 days. Moreover, consult with a doctor. They will prescribe proper medications and antibiotics that are adequate for treating Scarlet Fever.
Besides, taking care of the bacteria is very important. Especially if you want to avoid complications from occurring to the heart, kidneys and other organs. If you don’t treat this condition, it could damage the organs.
Natural Remedies for Scarlet Fever
Aside from the antibiotics that a child should consume, here are some natural remedies that might speed up the healing process.
Apple cider Vinegar Tonic
In a glass of warm water add some cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar. This remedy can help soothe a sore throat and slightly treat infections. Also, you can apply some ACV on the rash with a cotton cloth.
Berry and Mint Remedy
In a glass of hot water add raw organic honey, mint leaves, and raspberry. Drink this remedy two times per day to treat a sore throat.
Humidifiers and Water Vapor
Since dry air can hurt a sore throat, use some essential oils of your choice, humidifiers and water vapor. This way you might be able to soothe a throat inflammation.
The linalool in lavender oil can help moisturize the itchy and dry skin. But, if you use it with olive, almond, or different carrier oil, it might help reduce the rash.
Clip the Child’s Nails
Since Scarlet Fever makes the skin itchy, a child will uncontrollably scratch themselves. Therefore, it is important to clip their nails not to let them damage their skin even more.
Warm Soups and Drinks
Make sure to make soups, teas, and soft foods to boost the child’s immune system and speed up the healing process.
Plenty of Fluids
It is important for children to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. This way, they can speed up the recovery process and soothe a sore throat.
Don’t smoke around your child. It is important for your child to be able to breathe fresh and clean air at all times, especially when they are recovering.
Finally, to treat Scarlet Fever, you should ask for advice from your doctor. But, it is also important to let the child heal in a clean and healthy environment. Proper foods with plenty of fluids can make a huge difference.