Seeing your child sick is a terrible nightmare, and it seems like your world falls apart. Scarlet Fever came back, and it targets kids between five and fifteen. Parents need to be careful during the season of cold and flu. If your kid develops a rash, sore throat and itchiness, you need to consult a doctor.
Scarlet Fever was more common in the past, and modern medicine helped keep things under control. The aggressive strain has been affecting children since 2015.
Children develop strep throat, and the same bacteria causes Scarlet Fever. Streptococcus releases a toxin and triggers the development of the condition. It’s accompanied with rashes on the neck, back, chest and face. The rashes resemble a sunburn, and the skin begins to peel after six days. The area around the mouth isn’t affected.
Symptoms you should be aware of:
- Flushed face
- Swollen neck glands
- Sore throat
- High fever (101°F)
- Red rash
- Abdominal pain
- Itchy skin
Scarlet Fever is contagious, and infected kids need to be isolated, and kept away from other family members and friends. Put toothbrushes away, and pretty much anything that may contain the virus.
Kids are given ten-day treatment of antibiotics. They should not go to school for at least one day after their symptoms disappear. Scarlet Fever may cause complications if not treated on time, such as heart, kidney and other organ damage.
The symptoms of scarlet fever are really uncomfortable, and you can use natural pain killers to relieve the pain and the symptoms.
Apple cider vinegar soothes sore throat. Warm it up and add cayenne pepper to increase its power. The vinegar is acidic, and it can be used in the treatment of infections. Soak a cotton cloth in the vinegar, and apply it on the rash.
If you are treating sore throat, combine raw honey, raspberry leaves and mint in hot water. Drink this 2-2 times a day. Add lavender oil to humidifier or vaporizer to soothe the irritation in your kid. You can combine this oil with other essential oils to treat the inflammation.
Lavender oil relieves the symptoms of scarlet fever and moisturizes skin. Combine it with carrier oils (olive or almond oil) before applying it on the skin. Clip your kid’s finger nails so it doesn’t scratch and damage skin.
Honey and lemon tea nourish the body. Give your kid soft foods and soups more often. Hydration is important, as it helps in dealing with scratchy throat.
Don’t smoke near your kid. Cigarette smoke irritates your kid’s throat and respiratory tract. Avoid using strong cleaning supplies in your home.