Scarlet fever can be treated with an antibiotic, such as penicillin or amoxicillin. It is usually taken for about 10 days. Erythromycin or azithromycin can be used for those with penicillin allergy. It is important to take all the prescribed medication to prevent recurrence or complications. People with an active strep infection are usually contagious until the antibiotic has been taken for at least 24 hours.
In rare cases, untreated strep throat infection may cause:
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