I like to learn new things. I don't like to learn them at the expense of my children. Today I achieved both
Boog has been out of school since Wednesday with a sore throat, mild fever and some vomiting. My main concern was the soar throat because it was preventing him from eating. He's had tons of Popsicles and ice cream, but nothing substantial. So off to the doctor we went. Guess what? He has Strep Throat. No culture necessary, apparently strep can be accompanied by a rash (that is the lesson of the day) called Scarlatina. I was warned by the doctor (who was at least 60) not to tell the grandparents about the scarlatina because they would associate it with Scarlet Fever and "freak out" (his words)
This got me curious, exactly what is this scarlatina rash? Want to know what I found out? I googled it and every article I read came to the same determination. I'll share the briefest definition I found (care of MedicineNet.com)
Scarlatina: Also called scarlet fever, a disease caused by infection with group A streptococcal bacteria that occurs in a small proportion of people with strep throat.
So I'm not supposed to tell the grandparents because they might "freak out" thinking it's Scarlet Fever, but I can't find anything that says it isn't. I guess we've come a long way in medical practices when Scarlet fever is nothing to even be worried about. I'll try not to be.
I know that scarlet fever used to be a much bigger deal than it is today - much like pneumonia, which can still kill and is still horrible to go through, but is much easier to treat today. My two oldest ended up with scarlet fever about 20 years ago. Our doctor said much the same thing - along with noting it was the fourth case he'd seen that day, all among patients he'd seen recently. Three guesses where they all picked up the bug.ReplyDelete