And It Was All…Scarlet?

Last night I started developing a rash. When you have as many allergies as I do, rashes are something you pay attention to. And that’s even more true when the rashes occur when you have strep throat. I had two theories: clindamycin allergy or strep complication. One option is no more preferable than the other. 

A clindamycin allergy would mean that my body can tolerate exactly 0 antibiotics used for treatment of strep. It would make it likely that I would need to undergo some desensitization of penicillin. Or I would be fed the line, “maybe your body will fight it off.” A line that would look lovely as an epitaph on my Trail-side tombstone if I died of typhoid while I was in a wagon in search of the Willamette Valley in the mid-nineteenth century.1

A strep complication like scarlet fever would mean potential organ damage or sepsis. One like rheumatic fever could cause heart valve, neuro-system damage, and joint issues. It could also mean that I will have a totally confused medical professional on my hands. Because those complications are a sign the antibiotic isn’t working. And that’s a repeat of the 0 antibiotics situation. 

And what does my family think? It’s scarlet fever unless the rash turns into hives or anaphylaxis. I just need to make it around eleven more hours without dying or completely losing my mind and I may have my answers. 

But, like I said, there are no good answers. 

  1. Why, yes, I am a longtime fan of Oregon Trail

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Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.

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