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Related terms: Scarlatina, Scarlet fever

Health Tip: Prevent the Spread of Scarlet Fever

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by

-- Scarlet fever, also known as scarlatina, is a bacterial infection caused by "group a" streptococcus. There is no vaccine, and the disease is typically treated with a round of antibiotics. Possible symptoms to watch for are a red rash, fever, sore throat, redness in the underarms and groin, a whiteish tongue, swollen glands and body aches. Untreated, scarlet fever can trigger rheumatic fever, ...

From Horses to Humans: Uncovering a Clue to Sore Throats

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – The fight against germs that cause millions of sore throats each year may have gotten a boost from horses. Working in partnership, scientists from the Animal Health Trust, a veterinary and scientific research charity in the United Kingdom, and those from the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Texas identified new genes that help explain how the bacteria survive in ...

Ob/Gyns Warn Against 'Vaginal Seeding' Trend for Newborns

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – The U.S.'s leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists is warning against a new trend where babies born by C-section are "seeded" via cotton swabs with vaginal microbes from the mother. "Vaginal seeding" is growing in popularity because it's thought that babies born through Cesarean-section miss out on certain "helpful" vaginal microbes that might shield the ...

Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Strep Throat

Posted 10 Nov 2016 by

-- Strep throat is a contagious infection caused by streptococcal bacteria. Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic, which you must finish to make sure the infection is killed completely. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these symptoms of strep: A very sore throat that starts suddenly and hurts when you swallow. A sore throat accompanied by fever. Swollen, red ...

Health Tip: Understanding Antibiotics

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by

-- By taking an antibiotic as prescribed, you can get well faster and help prevent germs from becoming resistant to your medication. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these antibiotic guidelines: Never skip a dose of antibiotic. Always take it on schedule, as directed. Never stop taking an antibiotic early. Always take the entire prescription, unless your doctor tells ...

Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection

Posted 16 Dec 2014 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 – In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is when an illness that originated in animals jumps over into people. The process – known as zoonosis – is not uncommon and keeps researchers on their toes as they look for signs that an animal-borne disease might make inroads into the human population. A new report focuses on just such a development – and ...

Mistaken Infection 'On The Prairie'?

Posted 4 Feb 2013 by

MONDAY, Feb. 4 – Fans of the pioneer tales known as "Little House on the Prairie" are familiar with the ravages of scarlet fever. That's because Mary Ingalls – sister of the autobiographical series' author, Laura Ingalls Wilder – went blind, supposedly because of complications from the illness. But medical experts today think it's time that explanation went the way of the wagon wheel. "Scarlet ...

Health Tip: Why Antibiotic Resistance Is Serious

Posted 16 Nov 2011 by

-- Antibiotic resistance occurs when a bacterium mutates and becomes immune to the effects of a specific antibiotic. You can help prevent antibiotic resistance by taking an antibiotic regimen only when necessary. Remember that antibiotics don't work against viral infections such as a cold or the flu. If you do begin taking an antibiotic, you should never skip a dose. Also, you should finish the ...

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