Antibiotics rush to the rescue: scarlet fever in children – symptoms, treatment and photos
Scarlet fever is one of those infectious diseases that were relatively recently considered deadly to children. To cope with it can only antibioticotherapie: otherwise purple fever, as otherwise called this ailment, threatens with a fatal outcome or almost incompatible with life complications for health.
Scarlet fever is a widespread contagious infectious and bacterial disease that is acute and fraught with complications from a number of vital organs and systems. Traditionally, it is considered a childhood disease, as more than 95% of the sick are children aged 1 to 16 years.
The peak incidence falls on the end of autumn and the beginning of spring. In this case, one sick kid can infect each second person in contact with it.
Thanks to the development of modern medicine, in recent decades scarlet fever has become much less common and dangerous disease than in the middle of last century: the incidence rate is now only 5-6 people for every 10 thousand people, severe complications develop in only 4-5% of cases, and the mortality from this disease is almost zero.
The causative agent of scarlet fever in children is a special strain of streptococcus bacteria, which in the course of their life emit so-called erythrotoxin – a specific poisonous substance.