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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

Recommended Related to Children's Vaccines

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for all children. It protects against three potentially serious illnesses. It is a two-part vaccination, and in most states, you must prove your children have gotten it before they can enter school. If you are an adult who has not had the vaccination or the diseases, you may need the MMR shot, too.

Read the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine article > >

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.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on March 11, 2015

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