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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:

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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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