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Scarlet Fever

Alternate Names : Scarletina

Scarlet Fever | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the infection?

The rash associated with scarlet fever usually starts on the neck, chest, armpits, and groin. Within a day, it can spread to the rest of the body. The rash is generally made up of a series of tiny pinkish-red spots and feels like sandpaper. About a week later, the rash usually peels off, much as the top layer of skin does after a sunburn. Other signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • abdominal pain
  • chills
  • fever
  • headache
  • malaise, or feeling lousy
  • sore throat
  • swollen and red tongue, known as strawberry tongue
  • vomiting

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    Scarlet Fever: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: John Riddle
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 01/27/01

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