Which disorders should be included in the differential diagnoses of scarlet fever?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Toward the end of the first week of illness, the rash begins to fade and is followed by a desquamation over the trunk, which progresses to the hands and feet. Typical scarlet fever is not generally difficult to diagnose, but it may be confused with roseola, Kawasaki syndrome, drug eruptions, and toxigenic S aureus infections.


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