scarlet fever


scarlet fever

noun

: a very serious disease that causes a fever, sore throat, and a red rash

Full Definition of SCARLET FEVER

:  an acute contagious febrile disease caused by hemolytic Group A streptococci and characterized by inflammation of the nose, throat, and mouth, generalized toxemia, and a red rash

First Known Use of SCARLET FEVER

1676

scar·let fever

noun \ˈskär-lət-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SCARLET FEVER

: an acute contagious febrile disease caused by Group A bacteria of the genus Streptococcus (especially various strains of S. pyogenes) and characterized by inflammation of the nose, throat, and mouth, generalized toxemia, and a red rash—called also scarlatina

scarlet fever

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Acute infectious disease caused by some types of streptococcus bacteria. Fever, sore throat, headache, and, in children, vomiting are followed in two to three days by a rash. The skin peels in about one-third of cases. After a coating disappears, the tongue is swollen, red, and bumpy (strawberry tongue). Glands are usually swollen. Complications frequently involve the sinuses, ears (sometimes with mastoiditis), and neck. Abscesses are common. Nephritis, arthritis, or rheumatic fever may occur later. Treatment involves penicillin, bed rest, and adequate fluid intake. Scarlet fever has become uncommon and much milder since the mid-20th century, independent of the use of antibiotics.

Variants of SCARLET FEVER

scarlet fever or scarlatina

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