While we have been aware that Scarlet Fever is back, cases have increased big time and has become a concern for parents everywhere. According to Dr. Mercola, parents are being urged by their family doctors to be on the lookout for the signs of this deadly disease.
Scarlet fever for those who may not be aware is a disease that usually affects children between the ages of 5 and 15 (younger children and even adults can still get it though). It comes with a terrible rash, sore throat, fever, and usually something known as ‘strawberry tongue.’ This disease happens when toxins from a strep throat infection cause a rash to develop on different parts of the body.
According to The Grimsby Telegraph, there have been over three thousand cases reported since the start of the year. There is no test for scarlet fever, knowing the signs can mean life or death for some. While it is generally a mild illness, people with this issue NEED antibiotics, without them serious health problems will occur.
As you most likely noted, many were talking about the rise of scarlet fever back in 2017 and it seems now things are only getting worse. According to research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal close to the end of 2017 investigators still, do not know why this increase is occurring.
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs told Grimsby Telegraph as follows:
“Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that usually presents with a sore throat, fever, headache, and a rosy rash that generally starts on a patient’s chest.”
“It is very contagious disease and much more common in children under 10 than teenagers or adults, but it can be treated quickly and effectively with a full course of antibiotics and all GPs are trained to diagnose and treat it.”
“Scarlet fever used to be a lot more common than it is now, but GPs are noticing more cases than in previous years at the moment. If a patient thinks that they, or their child, might have symptoms, they should seek medical assistance.”
Please be aware of this pressing issue and keep an eye out for the signs in your children and those around you. This is nothing to joke about and should not be taken lightly.