Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Strep Rash Treatment

The goal of treatment of scarlet fever is to prevent rheumatic fever and reduce the spread of infection. Treatment for scarlet fever includes rest, plenty of liquids, sore throat lozenges, antibiotics, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.

Treatment options for scarlet fever include:

Strep Rash Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of scarlet fever.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having scarlet fever again?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

Strep Rash Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat scarlet fever:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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