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    Understanding Scarlet Fever

    Understanding Scarlet Fever -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Scarlet Fever?

    Scarlet fever most often occurs in children. Its symptoms may include:

    • Bright red or scarlet spotty rash, usually beginning on the neck or chest (often excludes face, palms, and soles of the feet)
    • High fever
    • Chills
    • Headache
    • Sore throat (although half of patients will not have this symptom)
    • Painful swallowing
    • Tongue with white coating and red bumps -- referred to as strawberry tongue
    • Swollen glands in neck
    • Vomiting

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    Call Your Doctor About Scarlet Fever If:

    Call your doctor if your child develops symptoms of scarlet fever, especially if the child has recently had strep throat. Left untreated, scarlet fever may have serious complications affecting the heart, kidneys, and other organs.

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    Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on March 11, 2015
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