History Of Scarlet Fever Disease

History Of Scarlet Fever Disease

Scarlet fever is an illness cased by Streptococcus bacteria. These bacteria are usually carried in the nose and mouth. The main indications are of tonsillitis with scarlet rash.

        This illness is more common in children aged 4-8. Generally by the age of 10, the children develop sufficient immunity against this illness. It takes around 2 to 4 days for the symptoms to develop after exposure to bacteria.

History of Scarlet Fever:

The early history of this disease is not very reliable. For a long time it was considered as a form of measles. A separate and a distinct identity for this disease was given by Sydenham in 1685. Italians had used the name scarlatina, however it is not clear whether it was for the same disease or not. Scarlet fever has prevailed over the years and it has become quite common in all large cities of the world. This disease may be present in isolated cases and also as an epidemic. Mainly it is a disease of the children but it is known to attack adults also. The name ‘Scarlet fever’ came about due to the yellowish red hue given to the cheeks. The disease spreads from the cheek to the entire body.     

Mild cases of scarlet fever can be treated with bed rest and aspirin. However, serious cases will require antibiotic treatment. Complete isolation is required to control this disease.

Atmospheric conditions are considered to be having a role to play regarding the onset of this disease. The outbreaks are usually more during winter months than in summer. Scarlet fever cases were found to be more in places where outside air was cold and inside air hot. That probably explains the reason why incidence of this disease is more in states like Wisconsin and Minnesota than in Kentucky and South Carolina.

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