Scarlet fever

Overview

Scarlet fever, also known as scarlatina, is a bacterial illness that develops in some people who have strep throat. It's most common in children 5 to 15 years of age.

Symptoms

Symptoms include a bright red rash that covers most of the body, a sore throat, and a high fever.

Treatments

Scarlet fever is treated with antibiotics.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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