Scarlet Fever (Strep A) Parent Advice

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There are currently high rates of Scarlet Fever (caused by Group A Strep) in the UK.

Scarlet Fever is much more common in children than in adults and it is important that children with Scarlet Fever are seen by their GP so that they can be started on antibiotics.

The rash of Scarlet Fever often begins with small spots on the body that then spread to the neck, arms and legs over the next 1 to 2 days. It is often ‘sandpaper’ like to touch and is sometimes itchy.

Your child may also have a:

  • Sore throat/tonsillitis
  • Fever (temperature of 38°C (100.4°F or above))
  • Painful, swollen glands in the neck