Scarlet Fever - Treatment

If you've had scarlet fever, what treatment or medications did you receive?

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What is the treatment for scarlet fever?

Treatment consists of fluids, rest, and antibiotics. The antibiotics are the same as those used to treat strep throat. Oral penicillin or amoxicillin (Amoxil, DisperMox, Trimox) is the drug of choice and is taken for 10 days. Oral penicillins are inexpensive, well tolerated, and are known to reduce the risk of complications of strep infections. Injectable penicillins are also effective but are not often used. For people with a penicillin allergy, clarithromycin (Biaxin), clindamycin (Cleocin), or selected cephalosporins may be used for 10 days or a five-day course of azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax) may be prescribed.

If the infection spreads, intravenous antibiotics are used. This includes cases of sepsis and bone infection. If abscesses form in the mouth area or in lymph nodes (suppuration), surgical drainage and aggressive antibiotic therapy is indicated.

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Comment from: Ali, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 06

For scarlet fever my daughter received amoxicillin.

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