View Full Version : Scarlet Fever Connection?

10-08-2007, 05:10 AM
I had Scarlet fever when I was 15.

Anyone know of connection between it and Lupus?

10-08-2007, 02:04 PM
I had Rheumatic fever when I was 6. The hospital and doctors thought I had polio, so correct treatment was delayed by 2 weeks. I was in physical therapy for a while, though it was so long ago, I don't remember how long I was in therapy. But I was extremely weak for a long time.

10-09-2007, 02:18 PM
Hi Blythecollector;

Scarlet fever is an exotoxin-mediated disease that occurs most often in association with a sore throat and rarely with impetigo or other streptococcal infections. It is characterized by sore throat, fever, a 'strawberry' tongue, and a fine sandpaper rash over the upper body that may spread to cover almost the entire body. Scarlet fever is not rheumatic fever, but it has been known to progress into a rheumatic condition as the infection develops. Rheumatic fever is an autoimmune disease that can occur after infection with Group A strep. Lupus is an autoimmune disease! So, I guess it is possible that after having one, a person might be susceptible to the other!

Peace and Blessings