Risk Factors and Complications of Scarlet Fever
Scarlet fever and the resulting tongue symptoms only occur in people who have had strep throat or a form of skin infection. It's most common in children between the ages of 5 and 15.
If left untreated, scarlet fever can have serious long-term effects, including kidney problems, arthritis and other immune system conditions. Fortunately, the infection is not as prevalent today as it once was, and it's wholly treatable with antibiotics.
Chewing or swallowing with scarlet fever tongue symptoms can be painful. When treated, the condition is easy to cure. But if not, the fever can affect your child's enamel on his teeth, causing hypoplasia, notes the Textbook of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, and Oral Radiology. More commonly caused by genetics, enamel hypoplasia causes enamel to be pocked or thinner, leading to sensitivity.
It's a good idea to instruct your child to brush with Colgate Kids Cavity Protection toothpaste, which is extra gentle on tooth enamel. Your child should brush the sensitive tissue gingerly and keep the contaminated toothbrush away from communal areas. You should also replace the toothbrush after the infection has cleared.