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Bacterial Skin Infections

Picture of Scarlet Fever

Picture of Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that most commonly affects children between the ages of 5 and 15. The bacteria group A Streptococcus causes the condition. This is the same bacteria that causes strep throat. Scarlet fever is treatable with antibiotics. Early diagnosis and treatment reduce the risk of potential complications associated with the condition. Fever, sore throat, chills, and vomiting may be early symptoms of scarlet fever. A rash may appear on the neck and chest at first and then spread across the body. After the red rash, the skin may blister and peel, especially on the extremities.

Source: Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Scarlet Fever: A Group A Streptococcal Infection"