Scarlet feverOverview


Scarlet fever is a contagious bacterial infection that causes a blotchy rash. It mostly affects young children.


The main symptom of scarlet fever is a red, blotchy rash. You may have other symptoms for a few days before the rash appears.


Scarlet fever is treated with antibiotics. You can ease symptoms by drinking cool fluids, eating soft foods and taking painkillers.

Page last reviewed: 27/02/2018
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