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Scarlet Fever


Because both scarlet fever and strep throat are caused by group A streptococcus bacteria, possible scarlet fever complications are similar to those of strep throat. However, with the widespread use of antibiotics to treat both of these conditions, these complications are not as common as they once were.
Specific scarlet fever complications that can occur include:
  • Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Otitis media (ear infection)
  • Rheumatic fever (inflammatory disease that can affect the heart, joints, skin, and brain)
  • Meningitis
  • Poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis
  • Bacteremia (bloodstream infections)
  • Cervical lymphadenitis (inflammation of lymph glands in the neck)
  • Pneumonia
  • Abscess (collection of pus in tissue).


(Click Scarlet Fever Complications for a more in-depth look at this topic.)


Other Names for Scarlet Fever

In older medical literature, scarlet fever was also known as scarlatina.
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