The Anonymous Widower

Alert Over Child Inflammation Cases

The title of this post, is the same as that of an article on The Times.

Someone has posted this comment,

It’s Scarlet Fever. My grandson just had it . It responded instantly to antibiotics, so it can’t be viral.

Get a grip!

And this was my reply.

Strange you should mention scarlet fever.

I’m 72 and growing up in a polluted Southgate in North London from all that domestic coal smoke, I was quite a sickly child.

At about six, I caught scarlet fever and was isolated at home for about eight weeks. Strangely, it was an isolated case as my GP told my parents, that I was the only case in London.

Doctors, who I’ve discussed this with since, suspect it could have been a misdiagnosis.

But, I have another explanation.

At 50, I was found to be coeliac and I think it was an extreme reaction to gluten, perhaps brought on by the pollution. My medical records of that time have also been lost.

Not for nothing, does one doctor call coeliac disease, the many-headed hydra!

I didn’t think that scarlet fever was still about.

April 28, 2020 - Posted by | Health | , ,


  1. I didnt think Scarlet fever was about, but I do know that it was considered serious and children were often in isolation for weeks and weeks. If that child had in the news item had Scarlet Fever then many other children would have caught it. Just as there are people who believe that coronavirus exists, there will be people who don’t believe the children’s reaction is coronavirus. And of course if that child responded to antibiotics it fits on with the information in the news that it is a mild from of septic shock.

    I had
    an illness when I was 12, hot, feverish, a rash etc a week before Christmas, it was never given a name but it kept e off school for the rest of the term. As a woman of 62, I suspect it was an anxiety related problem, my mother was obsessed with what my place in end of term results were going to be, telling me how much trouble I would be in if various children she like had come higher up than me – it was my first term at Grammar School. But with the amount of flour floating around our house the week before Christmas, there could have been an allergy input as well.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | April 28, 2020 | Reply

  2. When were you diagnosed as a coeliac?

    Comment by AnonW | April 28, 2020 | Reply

  3. As a retired gp I can tell you scarlet fever is certainly still about. It tends to be called scarletina now and is still a notifiable disease. Usually mild in the UK but more serious in the third world. Caused by a streptococcus, a bacterium and responds well to penicillin. Nothing like kawasaki

    Comment by Andrew | April 29, 2020 | Reply

    • Thanks for that! I don’t think, I got anything for mine. I can remember being given penicillin several times as a child, as I was fairly sickly. All those medical records have been lost. My health didn’t really improve fully until, I went to Liverpool University.

      Comment by AnonW | April 29, 2020 | Reply

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