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Scarlet fever is treated with antibiotics, usually penicillin or azithromycin.

In addition to antibiotic treatment, patients with scarlet fever and severe throat symptoms may try:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) to relieve pain and reduce fever

  • Soothing gargles to fight sore throat (in adults and older children who can gargle safely)

  • A cool-mist humidifier to soothe the breathing passages and throat

  • A liquid diet, including warm soups or cold milkshakes, if the patient's sore throat makes it difficult to swallow solid foods

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