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What is the prognosis of scarlet fever? What are the long-term effects of
The prognosis for scarlet fever, when treated appropriately with antibiotics,
is usually excellent. Patients recover completely and the skin symptoms
progressively decrease over several weeks. Untreated scarlet fever has a worse
prognosis and before the use of antibiotics, scarlet fever had a mortality
(death) rate of about 15%-20%. Currently, the mortality rate is less than 1%
because of early recognition and early treatment with antibiotics. In general,
appropriately diagnosed and treated scarlet fever results in few if any
long-term effects. However, if complications develop for whatever reason,
problems that include kidney damage, hepatitis, vasculitis, septicemia,
congestive heart failure, and even death may occur.