Needless to say, whenever a child is struck with an illness, the parents immediately start looking for the solution to reverse the condition. When Scarlet Fever strikes, manifested by sore throat, rash, and itching, parents desperately try anything to stop it! This has become even more common since 2015 due to the increase in the prevalence of scarlet fever cases. The good news is that modern medicine has developed new ways to address the symptoms and reverse the condition.
Streptococcus bacteria infects children by releasing toxins and children who are more susceptible to it are the most prone to getting Scarlet Fever. Consequently, they experience rash on the face, neck, back, and chest, while the area surrounding the mouth is left intact.
Within 6 days the skin begins to peel off, along with other symptoms:
– Flushed face
– Itchy skin
– Swollen neck glands
– High Fever (101°F)
– Abdominal pain
– Sore throat
– Red rash
Scarlet fever is contagious, and you should limit the contact your child has with friends and siblings. Separate their toothbrushes and the cutlery they use from the rest of the families to limit the spread of the infection. In addition, your child shouldn’t go outside until it goes away.
Treatment requires about 10-days of antibiotics. They may improve sooner than that, but continue giving them the medicine. Wait 24 hours since their symptoms have passed before sending them back to school.
It is vital to address the bacteria because if it is left unattended, it can cause problems in the heart, kidney, and elsewhere.
With severe discomfort, your child is probably looking for some relief. For this, there are some natural remedies you should try out before using dangerous painkillers:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Many rashes and skin diseases can be treated by dabbing on apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball, and scarlet fever is no exception. It dries out the rash and reduces the itching because of the high level of acetic acid that it contains. The best type of apple cider vinegar to use is organic because other non-organic types sometimes include petroleum products that are irritating to the skin.
Water vapor and humidifiers
Water vapor and humidifiers are effective at protecting your child from the dry air which provokes coughs, further irritating their throat. Adding essential oils like lavender oil will have an added benefit to reduce the inflammation in their throat.
Raspberry & Mint Tea
The inflammation, pain, and swelling of the sore throat that accompanies this disease can be reduced by sipping a warm cup of raspberry and mint tea. Adding a little honey will make the tea taste sweeter, but it is also healing because honey has natural anti-bacterial properties.
Lavender Essential Oil
This essential oil can be mixed with a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin to soothe it. All essential oils are concentrated, so it is best to never use them undiluted. Chamomile and frankincense essential oils are also helpful.
Clip the child`s fingernails
This simple trick helps keep the child away from damaging the skin from itching.
Stay away from irritants
Avoiding irritants like cigarettes and cleaning supplies is of utmost importance, which is yet another reason to avoid smoking around the child.
Hydration is vital when it comes to maintaining health. Drinking plenty of water and hot beverages is a good way to relieve a hoarse throat.