Scarlet Fever is an infectious bacterial disease which usually occurs in children. In the past it was a fatal disease but it is now controlled by antibiotics. It normally begins with a very high fever and then a distinctive scarlet rash will appear, first on the neck and chest and then all over the body. The tongue will also become swollen and turn bright red. The rash and fever usually disappear after three days, the tongue may remain swollen for several more days though. It is very important that you take your child to the doctor immediately if you suspect he is suffering from scarlet fever. Symptoms include:
A scarlet or bright red rash that usually begin on the neck or chest
Tongue coated with red spots
Scarlet fever is caused by streptococcal bacteria and is a very contagious infection. It is spread via contact with an infected person or by inhalation of the bacteria.
Citrus juice and other liquids such as teas and filtered water will help flush the bacteria out of the system and a proper nutrition will boost the child’s immune system and help fight the infection.
Try to keep you, and your child away from anyone whom you suspect has scarlet fever.
When to seek further professional advice
As soon as your child starts developing any of the symptoms associated with scarlet fever.
Before using alternative remedies your child should see his doctor and be given antibiotics. Once he is on antibiotics you can use alternative treatments to help reduce or relieve the symptoms and help him to recover. Aromatherapists will recommend using lemongrass in a vaporizer or diluted in a carrier oil and applied through a massage as it will help reduce the fever. Echinacea and tea tree oil might be used to help fight off the bacteria, clear chest congestion and to ease the rash. Catnip may also be used as it is thought to help reduce fevers. If you consult a professional homeopath he will advise that you use only one of the following - Apis mellifica if your child has a rosy red skin which is sensitive and sore and that breaks into sweats frequently. Ailanthus glandulosa if there is an irregular shaped, lived red rash that disappears if it is touched. Belladonna can be used if the skin is bright red and dry. When using one of them your child may become delirious, have a rapid heart rate and his pupils will be dilated.
If Scarlet fever is not treated with antibiotics it can have very serious complications. As soon as your child is on antibiotics he should also have plenty of bed rest and drink a lot of fruit juice and filtered water to help flush out his system.
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