Dealing with scarlet fever
Scarlet fever is an infection that develops in people who have strep throat. It is caused by the group A streptococcus bacteria. When the bacteria release toxins, symptoms of scarlet fever will develop.
Scarlet fever can be transmitted from human to human by fluids from the mouth and nose especially when coughing or sneezing. The bacteria can become inborne and can be inhaled. People sharing personal belongings such as towels, baths, clothes and bed linens of an infected person are at high risk of being infected. A person with scarlet fever who is not properly treated is contagious for several weeks even after the symptoms have disappeared.
Symptoms of scarlet fever
- A fever of 101 F or higher and chills
- Development of sore throat along with white or yellowish patches
- Development of rashes that looks like sunburn and feels like sandpaper. It usually happens on the neck, face and spreads to the trunk, arms and legs. When applying pressure to the rashes, they become pale.
- The color of the folds of skin around the armpits, groin, knees, elbows and neck becomes deeper red than the surrounding rash.
- The face looks red with a ring around the mouth.
- The tongue is red and bumpy and sometimes covered with white coating in the early stage of the disease.
- The rashes and redness of the tongue and face usually last for a week
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck and tenderness when touched
- Gargle with salt water solution to lessen the soreness and pain in the throat. Fill a glass with lukewarm water and add a tablespoon of salt and stir until dissolved. Gargle this solution for at least 5-8 times for 3-4 times every day to lessen the pain and soreness.
- Inhaling steam helps to lessen the fever, sore throat, chills and headaches. Boil 1 liter of water and add 10-15 drops of essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile. Add 10-15 mint leaves. Let it simmer for 1 minute or more. Cover the head with a towel and position the head near the basin and inhale the vapor. Make sure the vapors do not escape from the towel that covers the head. Inhale the vapor for at least 2-3 minutes. Repeat this process once every day for fast healing of the condition.
- Use the recommended over-the-counter pain medication to reduce the pain from sore throat and fever.
- In a bathtub filled with warm water, add 2 cups of oatmeal and ½ teaspoon baking soda. Mix until totally dissolved. Soak the body in the solution for at least 15-20 minutes to lessen the rashes and itching. Oatmeal and baking soda has anti–inflammatory and antibacterial properties that lessens the itchy sensation and inflammation caused by the rashes.
- Drink plenty of water at least 2 liters every day to prevent dehydration and eliminate bacteria and toxins from the body.