Scarlet fever affects primarily children between the age of 5 and 15, and is characterized by rashes, itchiness, and sore throat.
Nowadays, it is less threatening due to the use of modern antibiotics, but since 2013, its rates have also increased.
Children susceptible to Streptococcus bacteria have an increased risk of developing Scarlet fever, as it is the same bacteria that secrete a toxin in children.
The most common symptoms include sunburn-like rashes on the face, back, neck, and chest. The skin starts to peel off after 6 days. These are some other signs of Scarlet fever:
- High fever (101°F)
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Sire throat
- Swollen neck glands
- Red rash
- Flushed face
- Itchy skin
In case your child develops scarlet fever, make sure it remains home and avoid contact with other children, as the infection is contagious. Also, you need to separate its toothbrush and cutlery from the ones of the other family members.
The infection requires a 10-day treatment with antibiotics, and even if the symptoms disappear, continue with the medication. The child can return to school 24 hours after the symptoms have passed.
You should never leave bacteria untreated, as it might cause additional issues, related to the heart, kidneys, and other body organs.
The following natural remedies will help you soothe the symptoms of the Scarlet fever:
— Your child should take warm fluids, like soups and honey-lemon tea to accelerate recovery and boost the immune system
— Add some cayenne pepper to apple cider vinegar to relieve a sore throat. The acetic acid treats infections due to burns. You can also apply a cotton cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to treat scarlet fever.
- Make sure you give your child plenty of fluids to hydrate the body and treat scratchy and hoarse throat
- To soothe a sore throat, add mint, raspberry leaves, and raw honey to hot water, and give this drink to your child twice a day
- Linalool in lavender oil moisturizes the dry and itchy Scarlet Fever rash, and to soothe it, mix it with some carrier oil like almond, and olive oil
- Avoid smoking or using cleaning products which are high in chemicals around your child
- Clip the fingertips of your child to prevent from damaging the skin while itching it
- Use water vapor or humidifiers to moisturize the air, as dry air irritated the throat. Add some essential oil to treat the inflammation