Scarlet fever

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Easy-to-understand overview covers signs, causes, treatment and advice on when to seek medical assistance for this serious strep throat infection with a rash.

Key points

  • The main symptoms of scarlet fever are fever and a rough red rash. Your child may also have a sore throat.
  • If you suspect that your child might have scarlet fever, go to see your child's health-care provider.
  • Scarlet fever is treated with antibiotics. It is very important to finish the antibiotics to prevent repeat infections and complications.
  • Use soft foods and cold drinks as well as pain medications to reduce the pain.
  • Make sure that any other family members or close contacts with similar symptoms see their health-care provider.
Last updated: June 26th 2023