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Scarlet fever is an infection that can happen with strep throat. It is caused by the same bacteria that cause strep throat.
Scarlet fever and strep infections are treated with antibiotics. Treatment can prevent serious problems from strep infection. The strep infection that causes scarlet fever can be spread to others until your child no longer has a fever and until they have taken antibiotics for 24 hours.
The rough, red rash that occurs with scarlet fever usually fades in about a week. After the rash fades, the skin may begin to peel.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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