What are the symptoms of scarlet fever?
Symptoms of scarlet fever appear within about four days of coming into contact with an infected person, usually starting with a sore throat, headache and fever. About 12 to 48 hours later, the characteristic rash begins to show. A few spots generally appear in one place before turning into a rough, pink-to-red rash that looks like sunburn and feels like sandpaper. The rash rapidly spreads to other areas such as the neck, chest, ears, thighs and groin. Other symptoms may include swollen glands, redness in the skin folds, a flushed face and a red, swollen tongue.
Author: Lauren Donley
First answered: 21 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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