What Are Precautions to Prevent Scarlet Fever?

Last Editorial Review: 1/11/2018

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My daughter may have been exposed to Scarlet Fever. Are there any precautions I should take now or do I just wait for her to show symptoms?

Doctor's response

Scarlet fever is a characteristic rash in an individual who has a strep infection (commonly a strep throat). It is no more significant than the strep throat without rash.

The rash is NOT contagious.

Once a person has been treated with effective antibiotics for 24-48 hrs they are no longer contagious.

I would watch for symptoms of the throat rather than skin changes and should someone develop a sudden sore throat the doctor should be contacted.

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