What information about scarlet fever should patients receive?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients must be instructed to complete the entire course of antibiotics, even if symptoms resolve. They should be advised to follow general good hygiene precautions, especially in households with other small children.

Patients should be warned that they will have generalized exfoliation over the next 2 weeks. In particular, they should be warned about signs of complications of streptococcal infection, such as persistent fever, increased throat or sinus pain, and generalized swelling.

For patient education resources, see the Children’s Health Center and the Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions Center, as well as Strep Throat and Skin Rashes in Children.


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