Photo of Scarlet Fever Skin RashScarlet Fever Scarlet fever is strep throat with a rash. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, headache, belly pain, and swollen neck glands. After 1-2 days, a red rash with a sandpaper texture shows up. After 7-14 days, the rash rubs off. Scarlet fever is very contagious, so wash hands often to keep it from spreading. Call your child's doctor if you think your child has it. He'll probably be treated with with antibiotics.
Scarlet Fever Strep throat caused by erythrogenic toxin producing strains of Streptococcus pyogenes results in scarlet fever. Erythrogenic toxin production is caused by a phage. Symptoms include a red rash, high fever, red enlarged tongue. Penicillin is the drug of choice. Immunity is developed to the toxin not the organism.