Ricarda Schwarz studied medicine in Würzburg, where she also completed her doctorate. After very diverse tasks in medical practical training (PJ) in Flensburg, Hamburg and New Zealand, she is now active in neuroradiology and radiology at the University Hospital Tübingen.
Martina Feichter studied biology with an elective in pharmacy in Innsbruck and also delved into the world of medicinal plants. From there it wasn’t far to other medical topics that still captivate them. She trained as a journalist at the Axel Springer Academy in Hamburg and has worked for NetDoktor since 2007 – first as an editor and since 2012 as a freelance writer.
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The risk of infection is very high at Scarlet fever. pregnancy is generally a sensitive time for such infections because of the potential dangers to the unborn. However, if scarlet fever is quickly recognized and treated in pregnant women, there is no increased risk for the child. Here you will find everything you need to know about scarlet fever & pregnancy.
Scarlet fever during pregnancy
Scarlet fever is usually a childhood disease. However, adults can still develop it. Scarlet fever also occurs in pregnant women. The hormonal changes in pregnancy weaken the immune system. That is why a pregnant woman is generally more susceptible to infections.
Scarlet fever is caused by a bacterium streptococci-Family raised. The human body can form protective antibodies against the toxins of this bacterium. So a woman who had scarlet fever at some point before her pregnancy is better protected. But she too can get sick again because there are different strains of the scarlet fever.
If a woman with scarlet fever is pregnant, she should see a doctor immediately and get treatment. The prerequisite for this is that one recognizes symptoms that may arise as possible scarlet fever symptoms.
Scarlet fever & Pregnancy: symptoms
The symptoms of scarlet fever do not change due to pregnancy: scarlet fever causes one in almost all patients Almond and throat inflammation such as fever. Typically, a deep red also develops "strawberry tongue" and a reddish one skin rash, that spreads from the groin to the body. Also swollen cervical lymph nodes, Vomit and chills are possible symptoms of scarlet fever.
Pregnancy and the unborn are not particularly endangered by the disease itself. Possible complications and late effects can be dangerous.
Scarlet fever & Pregnancy: possible risks
Generally speaking, pregnancy is without any diseases optimal. However, most pregnant women get sick once in these nine months. There are diseases that have no direct impact on the unborn child. This includes scarlet fever. The pregnancy and the unborn child should then be monitored more medically. Because if the infection is recognized and treated too late, complications and late consequences can occur:
So sometimes develop Inflammation of the heart and kidneys as a result of scarlet fever. In pregnant women there is a greater risk for the unborn child. The mother’s heart and kidneys are important for the child’s adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients. Therefore, functional impairment of these organs by scarlet fever can endanger pregnancy and child growth.
However, the disease itself does not lead to an increased risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, or to child malformations during pregnancy.
Scarlet fever & Pregnancy: treatment
Scarlet fever is a good bacterial infectious disease with a antibiotic to treat. Penicillin in particular is used in the treatment of scarlet fever. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are phases in which medication should generally only be administered when there is an urgent need. However, penicillin is one of those antibiotics that pregnant women and nursing mothers can also receive.
Scarlet fever generally subsides within a few days of starting therapy. Nevertheless, the drug should be given the full ten days as prescribed by the doctor. Only then will the risk of complications and late effects from scarlet fever decrease. Pregnancy and breastfeeding then usually run smoothly.
General tips for scarlet fever are, for example bed rest, drink a lot (against the fever), warm neck wraps (for the sore throat) and soft or liquid food (if swallowing is difficult).
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