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:
- See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible.
- Ensure your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
- As scarlet fever is highly contagious, children or adults diagnosed with scarlet fever are advised to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid passing on the infection.