Scarlet Fever - Symptoms and Signs

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What are scarlet fever symptoms and signs?

Scarlet fever symptoms and signs may include a reddish sore throat, a fever (101 F or above), and a red rash with a sandpaper-like texture; the texture on the tongue that resembles a "strawberry" (red with small bumps). Some patients will have whitish coating on the tongue or the throat and may have swollen glands, headache, nausea and vomiting, and/or body aches. The classic description of the rash of scarlet fever has been described as "goose bumps on a sunburned skin."

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Comment from: nanu, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

Out of the blue I became nauseous and vomited. I felt terrible the rest of the day and just relaxed. Over the next day or two I developed a rash on my arms that became very fine and sandpaper like and light pink in color. It eventually spread to legs, abdomen, back etc. I thought it was sun poison. As soon as my doctor took a look at me he said without a doubt "scarlet fever". I don"t remember feeling bad or having a sore throat at all. I was 42 at the time and never had strep throat in my life. Like I said, it was out of the blue.

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Comment from: 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 02

Unfortunately my daughter had no signs of strep throat prior to getting scarlet fever. Her only sign of scarlet fever at the beginning was abdominal pain on and off with a minor rash on her face. Then the rash spread quickly and her face got a bit puffy. The doctor did an automatic check for strep due to it being rampant at the time, May 2014, in our area and it came back highly positive in less than 1 minute. Then add in the rash that had covered her entire body at this point she was diagnosed with scarlet fever. Thankfully she doesn"t feel too bad and is now on medication.

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