Scarlet Fever

Jonny Strep 

Jonathan hasn’t been feeling well for a couple of days.  He was feverish the last two nights and didn’t sleep well.  Last night he awoke Mark complaining of feeling very itchy.  I found them both sleeping on the couch this morning.  Jonny ran a fever during the day today as well.

Today when I got home from work, we had dinner (a wonderful beef chilli that Mark made), and then I got the boys ready for a bath.  It was then that I noticed the fine, red rash over most of Jonny’s chest and back.  Even though he wasn’t complaining of a sore throat, his tonsils did look red and swollen.  A rapid strep test was positive.

We were able to get him started on some antibiotics tonight, and he won’t be going to school tomorrow.  He should be (hopefully) back to his normal self within a day or two.  I just hope nobody else has caught it from him.

Benji Sleeping

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8 Responses to “Scarlet Fever”

  1. markruinsdinner Says:

    Yeah, we all hope nobody caught it. Karen didn’t mention that Jonny and Isaac split a bowl of ice cream this afternoon, and then I finished the rest. Karen may as well call off for Thursday and Friday from now.

  2. Lawrence Says:

    Scarlet Fever? I thought the US Government had banned that a long time ago (smile). I hope Jonny feels better soon; I’d pass this news on to Rhoda but then she’d be sad all day today which I really cannot handle. Let’s hope she does not read the blog till he is well again.

  3. Karen Says:

    Jonny is feeling much better and his rash is going away. Ahhh, the magic of modern antibiotics! 😉
    Hard to believe that less than 100 years ago children used to die of scarlet fever!

  4. sonia einstoss, toronto Says:

    Hi Karen

    Your mom was kind and re-sent this blog to me
    I thought scarlet fever was a thing of the past. Could it be reseola? I am just happy that Jonathan is feeling better.

  5. Karen Says:

    We still see scarlet fever regularly since it is caused by the same bacteria that cause strep throat. It is not the scary disease it used to be because now it is easily treatable with antibiotics. Jonny is now back to his normal self. 🙂
    Of course roseola is common too, but antibiotics don’t help that at all since it is caused by a virus.

  6. Noelia Says:

    hi karen, I really thought scalet fever was a thing of the past. It is scary what children can pick up. As for antibiotics , here in Trinidad the doctors are so limited to Amoxi……. they do not have proper knowledge of up-to-date antibiotics. I really hope jonny feels better !!!!!!

  7. Karen Says:

    Actually, I used good old amoxicillin on Jonny. Usually (but not always) works just as well as the newer fancier antibiotics for strep, and is dirt cheap! It also has that pleasing bubble-gum flavor that most kids love!

  8. Noelia Says:

    I think antibiotics for adults should be cheesecake flavour!!!!!!!!

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