Strep throat is an infection of the throat that is caused by the Streptococcus bacteria. In some cases, that illness can go on to develop into scarlet fever, which is also known as scarlatina. It is found mostly in children between the ages of 5 and 15.
In the past, scarlet fever used to be widely feared because it was a very dangerous disease. Nowadays, though, modern medicines mean that it poses far less of a risk. Regardless, it can still cause some unpleasant symptoms that are very uncomfortable for children.
It is not completely harmless and getting treatment early will improve recovery times and reduce the severity of symptoms. Below are 10 symptoms of scarlet fever to look out for.
Symptom #1: Rash
Perhaps the most noticeable of all symptoms of scarlet fever, and something that is closely associated with the disease, is the rash that it causes. After a few days of contracting the disease, the patient can develop a rash that covers much of their body. The rash will usually first appear on the face and neck and can spread to the arms, legs, and the torso.
The rash will typically look as though the patient has sunburn. It will also often have a texture similar to sandpaper. The rash will usually turn pale if enough pressure is added to an affected area.