What are the signs and symptoms of scarlet fever?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The cutaneous eruption of scarlet fever accompanies a streptococcal infection at another anatomic site, usually the tonsillopharynx. The illness generally has a 1- to 4-day incubation period. Its emergence tends to be abrupt, usually heralded by sudden onset of fever associated with sore throat, [16] headache, chills, nausea, myalgias, and malaise. Young children may also present with vomiting, abdominal pain, and seizure. The characteristic rash appears 12-48 hours after the onset of fever, first on the neck and then extending to the trunk and extremities.


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