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: 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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Comment from: Nic, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 29

My daughter 18 this time last year, was sick with high temperature and very unwell, but no sore throat, etc. She was tired, lethargic and had upset stomach. Rash started on her little toe and the general physician rushed her to hospital. Microbiologist consultant said her body was 'toxic' but did not know what was wrong. Only after a week in hospital when they noticed her hands peeling could they diagnose scarlet fever!

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