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Scarlet Fever Causes & Risks

Causes

Scarlet fever is caused by Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus pyogenes . This type of bacteria produces a toxin that causes a rash. Scarlet fever usually develops in conjunction with strep throat .

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

Risk factors include:

  • Age: 3-15 years old
  • Untreated strep infection
  • Close contact with someone who has an untreated strep infection
  • Overcrowded environments, or close proximity, such as a daycare facility, school, or home

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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