What is it?
Scarlet fever is a bacterial illness that causes a distinctive rash all over the body. It is caused by unknown bacteria in the streptococcus family. Scarlet fever usually follows a sore throat or skin infection. It is very contagious, is caught by breathing in bacteria in the droplets of the carrier’s coughs or sneezes.
What are the symptoms?
- Widespread fine, pink-red rash, that feels like sandpaper to touch, or may be itchy
- Flushed, red face, which gives the illness its name
- Swollen neck glands
- Sore throat
- General feeling of unwell
Symptoms develop one to four days after infection.
Who is affected?
Anybody can catch scarlet fever, but children between the ages of four and eight are at the most risk.
How can I treat it?
Scarlet fever is treatable with antibiotics taken for about ten days. Most people recover after four or five days. See your doctor if you notice any of the symptoms above.
I’m pregnant, is my baby in danger?
There is no evidence that catching scarlet fever when pregnant will put your baby at risk. However, if you have been in contact with streptococcus bacteria you should inform your GP or medical care team.
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Originally posted 2017-02-16 14:26:03.