What are the Symptoms of Strep Rash or Scarlet Fever and Its Treatment

Strep Rash is caused due to streptococcus group of bacteria. The infection of streptococcus bacteria most often affects the throat, and is associated with manifestation of rash on the skin. Estimates suggest that Strep Rash accompanied with strep throat infection is frequently observed in children between the age group of 5-15 years, with a prevalence of almost 15-30%. However the condition may also be observed in adults with a prevalence of about 5-7%.  Not all events of strep throat are associated with strep rash.

Strep Rash often associated with Strep Throat infection is more frequently observed in school aged children especially during winter and early spring seasons, though it may occur in any season.

Strep throat is highly contagious and associated with high risk of transmission through droplet nuclei. Washing of hands and maintaining hygiene are often recommended.

On the other hand, strep rash is not serious nor is it contagious. However, the condition is associated with increased risk of rheumatic fever which can result in damage to the heart valves and cause long term heart disease.

Symptoms Noticed During Strep Rash

Some of the common symptoms associated with Strep Rash include the following,

  • The complaint is often associated with a sore throat which can be mild to moderate severity along with a moderate grade fever.
    Often other systemic symptoms like headache, stomach upset and enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck region are also observed
  • Strep Rash usually develops a couple of days after the throat infection. The rash spreads over the entire body and is red in color and associated with small goose bumps. The rash can involve the entire body, except the palms and the soles.
  • The cheeks are flushed with a ring of normal skin especially surrounding the mouth.
  • Strep Rash is often accompanied with vaginal and perianal redness, which may or may not be associated with a discharge. The redness is often accompanied with itching and pain while passing urine and stools.

How to Effectively Treat Strep Rash?

The treatment of strep rash primarily focuses on the management of the throat infection. Conventional medicine recommends the use of antibiotics under the guidance of a the physician. However there are some natural treatments that can be beneficial in management of the rash and the strep throat infection,

  • Mix three tablespoons of turmeric with 100 ml of raw honey. Add this pre-prepared mixture to a glass of warm milk and consume three times a day. Turmeric and raw honey have strong anti-bacterial properties which can help in management of strep throat infection.
  • Limit the intake of processed and refined foods at this time. Instead increase the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables that can help enhance immunity and help fight the infection naturally.
  • Homeopathic remedy like Sulphur and Apis are considered beneficial in the management of the strep rash symptoms. Sulphur should be ideally consumed in high potency while Apis should be preferred in low potency. Homeopathy is relatively safe and is not associated with any side effects.

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