Strep A and Scarlet Fever
What are Scarlet Fever and Strep A?
Scarlet Fever is caused by bacteria called Group A streptococci (Strep A). The bacteria usually cause a mild infection that can be easily treated with antibiotics.
In very rare occasions, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive Group A strep (iGAS).
What are the symptoms of Strep A/Scarlet Fever?
Strep A infections can cause a range of symptoms that parents should be aware of, including:
- Sore throat
- A fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel; or
- on darker skin the rash can be more difficult to detect visually but will have a sandpapery feel.
If a child becomes unwell with these symptoms, please advise parents to contact their GP practice or contact NHS 111 (which operates a 24/7 service) to seek advice.
If a child has scarlet fever, advise them to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.
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