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What does scarlet fever rash look like?

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The namesake red rash usually starts out looking like a bad sunburn. It typically starts on your neck and face and then spreads to the chest, back, and rest of your body. It’s raised and looks a little like sandpaper. It can be itchy, and areas of the rash can turn white when you press on them.

When the rash goes away, the skin may peel around your fingertips, toes, and groin.

Other signs include:

  • Red streaks in the folds of skin where creases form
  • Red face, with maybe a pale, white area just around your mouth
  • "Strawberry" tongue

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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