What Is the Treatment for Scarlet Fever?

Q:
What is the treatment for scarlet fever?

A:
Scarlet fever is usually treated with antibiotics.

Antibiotics kill bacteria and help the body’s immune system fight off the bacteria causing the infection. You’ll need to make sure you complete the entire course of the prescribed medication. Taking all of it will help prevent the infection from returning. You can also give over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as aspirin (Bayer) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), to control the fever.

Your doctor might also prescribe medication to help ease the pain of a sore throat. Other remedies include:

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Eating ice pops, ice cream, or warm soup
  • Gargling with salt water
  • Using a cool air humidifier

These can decrease the severity and pain of a sore throat.

Always check with your doctor or pediatrician. He’ll do an exam and other tests in order to start the right treatment.

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