If left untreated, how does scarlet fever progress?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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In the untreated patient, fever peaks by the second day (temperature as high as 103-104°F) and gradually returns to normal in 5-7 days. Fever abates within 12-24 hours after initiation of antibiotic therapy.

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