Scarlet fever has reached its peak nowadays and for that reason, doctors warn the parents to pay special attention to its symptoms. This fever is the most common one in children at the age of 2 to 8 and is manifested through the following: rashes, fever, and a sore throat.
Since the beginning of 2018, the number of cases of scarlet fever has doubled, claims the Public Health England. On 28th of January, there were 735 cases of this fever in the UK. This is the largest 1-week outbreak since last year.
Scarlet fever usually occurs in spring on winter, but it will
The Public Health England reported that the number of cases of this infection has doubled since the beginning of 2018. There were 735 cases of scarlet fever in the UK on January 28, which is the largest one-week outbreak since April 2017. This infection usually occurs in the winter or spring, but it is expected that it will plunge this year.
In the Victorian era, this fever was exceptionally deadly as a result of the poor hygiene. It killed thousands of people at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. However, nowadays, it’s less dangerous thanks to the modern antibiotics.
Scarlet fever occurs as a result of the streptococcus, bacteria which actually cause strep throat. When it starts to release a toxin, it causes the scarlet fever. Quite soon, you can notice rashes on the face, chest, back, and neck which might look like sunburn. They will start peeling after the 6th day.
The most common symptoms of scarlet fever:
- Red rashes
- Itchy skin
- A sore throat
- Abdominal pain
- Flushed face
- Swollen neck glands
- High fever (101°F)
Because of the fact that it’s contagious, if your child becomes infected, let it stay at home for 10 days. In addition, visit your doctor in order to prescribe suitable antibiotics for adequate treatment of the infections. Take care of the bacteria unless you want to deal with certain complications with heart or kidneys.
Yet, if you want to accelerate the process of healing, use the following home-made natural remedies:
ACV tonic – In a glass of warm water, mix some cayenne pepper and ACV and drink it to soothe a sore throat and to treat the infection. You can also apply some ACV on a cotton ball and rub it on the rashes to eliminate them.
Humidifiers and Water Vapor – Because of the fact that the dry air hurts a sore throat, use water vapor, humidifiers, or some essential oils to get rid of the inflammation.
Plenty of Fluids – Give your child a lot of drinks, beverages or other fluids to be properly hydrated. Thus, it will recover faster.
Berry and Mint Remedy – In a glass of hot water, add some honey, raspberry, and mint leaves and drink it twice on a daily basis to soothe the sore throat.
Warm Soups and Drinks -- Prepare some soft foods, warm soups, and teas to strengthen the immunity and to accelerate the healing process.
Lavender Oil – It is rich in linalool that treats the itchiness and hydrates the skin. Mix lavender oil with coconut, almond, or olive oil, and rub it on the affected areas.
Avoid smoking – Don’t smoke if your child is around you since it has to breathe fresh and clean air.
Clip Its Nails – Clip your kid’s nail since it scratches the itchy areas with them. Thus, you will prevent additional skin damage.
To enable quick recovery, beside the antibiotic treatment, the children have to eat healthy foods, be in a healthy environment, and drink a lot of beverages.