Scarlet Fever

Algoma Public Health

Scarlet Fever

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What is it?

  • A disease caused by the streptococcus bacteria.
  • More common in children than adults.

 What are the symptoms?

  • Bright red cheeks and a fine red rash (feels like sandpaper.)
  • Rash appears most often on the neck, chest, underarms, elbows, groin and inner thighs.
  • Strawberry tongue.
  • A high fever, nausea and vomiting, if infection is severe.
  • Sore throat, headache, swollen tender glands in the neck (like strep throat.)
  • Peeling of the skin on the fingertips, toes, palms and soles of your feet during recovery.

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  How quickly do symptoms develop?

  • Within 1 – 3 days after coming in contact with the illness.

 How is it spread?

  • By contact with discharges from the nose or mouth of someone carrying the bacteria.
  • From coughs and sneezes of an infected person.

 How long is it contagious?

  • Until antibiotics have been taken for 24 hours.

 How is it treated?

  • Medication prescribed by a doctor.

 What can you do?

  • If symptoms develop, contact your doctor.
  • Wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infection; e.g. after wiping your nose, before eating or preparing food.
  • No sharing of personal items (e.g. straws, cups)
  • Make sure you take all medication prescribed.

 For further information contact the Communicable Disease Control Program at 705-942-4646 or toll free at 1-866-892-0172.


Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: Feb 25, 2016