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What is Scarlet Fever in Adults?

Description of the disease

Scarlet fever is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes. It is transmitted through the air and more commonly affects children, but can also occur in adults.


  • Streptococcal scarlet fever
  • Non-streptococcal scarlet fever


  • Red rash on the body, resembling a sunburn
  • Sore throat
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • High body temperature


Scarlet fever is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, which is transmitted through droplets in the air.


Diagnosis is based on analyzing symptoms, bacteriological examination, and blood tests.


Treatment of scarlet fever in adults includes taking antibiotics, painkillers, and anti-inflammatory drugs.


Prevention includes personal hygiene, avoiding contact with the sick, and vaccination.


The treating physician for scarlet fever may be a general practitioner or an infectious disease specialist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.