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- Untreated strep infection
- Close contact with someone who has an untreated strep infection
- Overcrowded conditions, such as a school or daycare
- High fever
- Specific, spreading rash that feels like sand paper
- Flushing in the face with paleness around the mouth
- Red streaks, called Pastia's lines, on elbows, underarms, and body creases
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Pain in the abdomen
- Bright red tongue
- Body aches
- Rheumatic fever
- Kidney damage
- Spread of the infection to other areas such as the ears, sinuses, or lungs
- Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome
- Local abscess
- Avoid contact with people who have untreated strep infections.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Have other household members or contacts tested for strep infection.
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- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -