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What is scarlet fever?

A reaction to erythrogenic toxins produced by group A Strep (usually strep pyogenes)


What virus causes slapped cheek disease?

Parovirus B19


How is scarlet fever spread?

Droplet spread via respiratory route.


How does scarlet fever present?

Strawberry tongue
fine punctate erythematous rash on the torso with a sandpaper texture.


What is the treatment for scarlet fever?

Oral penicillin V for 10 days
(Azithromycin if penicllin allergic)


When can children return to school if they have scarlet fever?

24 hours after commencing antibiotics


List three potential complications of scarlet fever?

Ottitis media
Rheumatic fever
Acute glomerulonephritis


What are the features of measles?

Prodrome of irratibility, conjuntivitis and fever
Discrete maculopapular rash becoming blotchy and confluent
Koplik spots (before rash) and white spots on buccal mucosa


What investigations can you do if you suspect measles?

IgM antibodies can be detected within a few days of rash onset


If you see a child that has not had their MMR and they have been in contact with measles what should you do?

MMR given within 72 hours.


What is the treatment for threadworm infection?

Single dose of mebendazole for the whol family


A 4-year-old boy is brought in by his mother. He was mildly unwell yesterday with a fever, lethargy and sore throat. Today, his mum is alarmed as she has noticed 'blisters' in and around his mouth and he is reluctant to eat or drink. On examination the child looks miserable, but not unwell, his temperature is 38.2ºC and he has a mix of shallow ulcers and erythematous papules scattered over his hard palate, tongue and lips. Examining further you also notice that there are a few erythematous maculopapular lesions along the sides of his fingers, around his right heel and over his buttocks. What is the most likely diagnosis?

Hand foot and mouth disease


What virus causes hand foot and mouth disease?

Coxsackie A16 and enterovirus 71


What are the clinical features of hand, foot and mouth disease?

Mild systemic upset with a sore throat and fever
Oral ulcers
vesicles on the palms and soles of feet


Do children need to be kept of school if they have hand foot and mouth disease?

No. Only if they feel unwell