Scarlet Fever

As Scarlet Fever has been featured in the news recently we thought it would be a good time to provide parents with some information about this contagious disease. Read more.

Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others.

The symptoms may include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea & vomiting. This is accompanied by a fine red rash typically first appearing on the chest & stomach, spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like ‘fine sandpaper’. The face may be flushed but pale around the mouth.

If you think your child may have scarlet fever: