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How is scarlet fever treated?

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Typically, the treatment is the same as strep throat. Your doctor will give your child an antibiotic. It's important that she finish it all.

Your doctor may also suggest to:

  • Gargle with warm, salty water
  • If you're an adult, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for pain or fever.
  • Drink more fluids.
  • Add moisture to the air in your home.
  • Give soothing drops, soups and ice pops to help throat pain of people older than 3 years old.
  • Take an anti-itch medicine.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Scarlet Fever: A Group A Streptococcal Infection."

HealthyChildren.org: "Scarlet Fever."

Mayo Clinic: "Scarlet Fever Treatments and Drugs," "Scarlet Fever Lifestyle and Home Remedies."

KidsHealth: "Scarlet Fever."

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Scarlet Fever."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Treatments for Scarlet Fever in Children."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Scarlet Fever: A Group A Streptococcal Infection."

HealthyChildren.org: "Scarlet Fever."

Mayo Clinic: "Scarlet Fever Treatments and Drugs," "Scarlet Fever Lifestyle and Home Remedies."

KidsHealth: "Scarlet Fever."

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Scarlet Fever."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Treatments for Scarlet Fever in Children."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

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