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colloidal silver and scarlatina (scarlet fever)
Posted by: Linda
Date: November 30, 2003 2:07 AM

Is colloidal silver as good as many websites say it is? My 5 year old son has scarlatina and I'm not an antibiotic fan because of the effect of killing good bacteria in the intestine which colloidal silver does not do according to websites that sell it! I didn't find any real research (because it's not "patentable"...) or because it doesn't work? And is it so bad if my little boy heals by himself? It's been 16 days and he is back on track (no more symptoms). The doctor said there is a risk that the bacteria is not completely eradicated and that the infection could get worst someday (kidney or heart problems).

RE: colloidal silver and scarlatina (scarlet fever)
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 30, 2003 10:05 PM

First, a quick discussion for our readers. Scarlatina, also called scarlet fever, is a disease caused by infection with group A streptococcal bacteria that occurs in a small proportion of people with strep throat. The incubation period between contracting strep and the onset of scarlet fever is short, typically 72 hours but may range from 1 to 7 days. Illness usually begins with a fever and sore throat and may be accompanied by chills, vomiting, abdominal pain and malaise. The strep bacteria produces a toxin that causes a rash that appears 1 to 2 days after the onset of illness. The rash initially appears on the neck and chest, then spreads over the body. Typically the rash begins as small red macules which gradually become elevated. The redness fades over a few days and the patient is left with a rough "sandpaper" feeling rash. While the rash is still red the patient may develop what are called Pastia's lines, bright red coloration of the creases under the arm and in the groin. The rash usually lasts for 3 days. As the rash fades, desquamation (peeling) may occur around the finger tips, toes, and groin area. The throat culture should be positive for group A Strep. There is a rapid antigen test (throat swab). Therapy is designed to treat the infection with antibiotics (usually penicillin) and relieve symptoms with analgesics, rest, and plenty of fluids. Scarlet fever is usually not a serious illness when treated promptly. Improvement typically begins within 24 hours of starting treatment. Very rarely do the bacteria spread to other parts of the body. If it does, the result may be ear infections, sinusitis, glomerulonephritis or rheumatic fever.

Now, while prolonged use of antibiotics can lead to serious problems, antibiotics nevertheless have a legitimate use in good meidicine. Given the potential complications of scarlatina, I believe this is one of those situations where antibiotics should be used promptly. While colloidal silver has it uses, an antibiotic to which an organism is sensitive is a specific treatment whereas silver is a non-specific treatment that might work and might not work - not something on which I would roll the dice if my child were infected with Strep-A.

RE: colloidal silver and scarlatina (scarlet fever)
Posted by: Linda
Date: November 30, 2003 11:35 PM

I think my grandmother has caught scarlatina too. Dos adults also need antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria?

RE: colloidal silver and scarlatina (scarlet fever)
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: December 1, 2003 12:36 AM


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