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What are symptoms of scarlet fever?

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The namesake red rash usually starts out looking like a bad sunburn, typically starting on your neck and face. It can be itchy, and when it goes away, the skin may peel around your fingertips, toes, and groin.

Early on, you may have a "strawberry" tongue. You may also get red streaks in the folds of skin where creases formor have a pale, white area just around your mouth.

Other signs of scarlet fever can include:

  • Very red sore throat
  • Fever of 101 F or higher, sometimes with chills
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Whitish coating on the tonsils and throat
  • Headache or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain
  • Difficulty swallowing

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Scarlet Fever."

CDC: "Scarlet Fever: A Group A Streptococcal Infection."

KidsHealth: "Scarlet Fever."

Mayo Clinic: "Scarlet Fever Symptoms."

HealthyChildren.org: "Scarlet Fever."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Scarlet Fever."

CDC: "Scarlet Fever: A Group A Streptococcal Infection."

KidsHealth: "Scarlet Fever."

Mayo Clinic: "Scarlet Fever Symptoms."

HealthyChildren.org: "Scarlet Fever."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

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