How long does a cutaneous rash persist in scarlet fever?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The cutaneous rash lasts for 4-5 days, followed by fine desquamation, one of the most distinctive features of scarlet fever. The desquamation phase begins 7-10 days after resolution of the rash, with flakes peeling from the face. Peeling from the palms and around the fingers occurs about a week later and can last up to a month or longer. The extent and duration of this phase are directly related to the severity of the eruption.

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