What are the signs and symptoms of scarlet fever in tonsillitis?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Scarlet fever manifests as a generalized, nonpruritic, macular erythematous rash that is worse on the extremities and spares the face. The classic strawberry tongue is bright red and tender because of papillary desquamation. The rash lasts up to 1 week and is accompanied by fever and arthralgias. Individuals at risk for this rash are those who do not have antitoxin antibodies to the exotoxin produced by GABHS.


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