Scarlet Fever

Please see below for useful advice relating to scarlet fever –

This link includes useful photos for identifying the condition as well as outlining when you should contact your GP.

The first signs of scarlet fever can be flu-like symptoms, including a high temperature, a sore throat and swollen neck glands (a large lump on the side of your neck). 

A rash appears 12 to 48 hours later. It looks looks like small, raised bumps and starts on the chest and tummy, then spreads. The rash makes your skin feel rough, like sandpaper. 

See a GP if you or your child:  

  • have scarlet fever symptoms 
  • do not get better in a week (after seeing a GP) 
  • have scarlet fever and chickenpox at the same time 
  • are ill again, weeks after scarlet fever got better  
  • are feeling unwell and have been in contact with someone who has scarlet fever 

Scarlet fever is very easily spread. Check with a GP before you go in. They may suggest a phone consultation.