Health Tip: Spot the Signs of Scarlet Fever

Red, sore throat is a common symptom

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(HealthDay News) -- Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that may develop among children with strep throat. It's usually treated with antibiotics.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains these common symptoms of scarlet fever:

  • A very sore or red throat.
  • A fever, typically of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • A red skin rash that feels like sandpaper.
  • Bright red skin in the creases of the groin, armpits or elbows.
  • A red, bumpy and swollen tongue, or a white coating on the tongue or back of the throat.
  • Headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting or swollen glands.

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