Trust The EvidenceMarch 15, 2023
A Million more Antibiotic Prescriptions than expected in December
15 March 2023
Tales from the Front Line
Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson
“It’s manic, there are hundreds on the phone, and every child with a sore throat is coming into base,” she replied. “And I’ve used more antibiotics this month than the whole year.”
Sore throat is a common primary care presentation and can occasionally lead to scarlet fever, which usually affects young children – but not always. It presents with a sore throat, high fever and a skin rash; it can usually be treated with an antibiotic (penicillin) targeted to the causative pathogen – strep A. However, in rare cases, scarlet fever can lead to an invasive infection which can cause life-threatening complications.
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