scarlet fever

Treat Scarlet Fever Naturally

Scarlet fever, also known as scarlatina, used to be a serious health concern, but now it is easily treated with antibiotics and home remedies. The key is to catch it early to prevent it from turning into something more serious such as Rheumatic fever. The tell-tale mark of Scarlet fever is a rough, sand-paper like rash that begins on the neck and chest and then spreads to other parts of the body. Your child might also complain of a sore throat and have a fever. It is a very contagious disease but simple common sense prevention tips such as frequent hand washing can limit your susceptibility significantly.

 

How do I know if I have scarlet fever?

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Sand-papery rash on the neck and chest that spreads to the rest of the body
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen red tongue
  • Vomiting

 

How do I prevent scarlet fever?

  • Avoid contact with infected people.
  • Wash your hands especially after being in public
  • Cover your mouth when you cough to prevent spreading the bacteria
  • Never share drinks or food

 

How can I treat scarlet fever?

Treatments for Scarlet Fever should always include traditional medical care in order to avoid the sickness turning into Rheumatic Fever. Natural remedies can be used in conjunction with traditional antibiotic treatments.

  • Give your child a warm oatmeal bath to help soothe itching.
  • Offer cool drinks to help keep them hydrated.
  • Treats such as yogurt will help soothe a sore throat and keep the body functioning well.
  • Gargle salt water to help ease throat pain.
  • Keep the air moist and humidified to help ease a sore throat.
  • Eat foods high in garlic and onion to help fight off the bacteria.
  • Echinacea and goldenseal are known to help boost the immune system.
  • Chicken broth is a great way to get protein and fluids!
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