Group A Strep is a common type of bacteria. Most infections are mild and easily treated, but some are more serious. You can find out more on the NHS England website.
Scarlet fever, which is caused by the bacteria Group A streptococcus, is usually a mild illness but it is highly infectious. It is much more common in children than in adults.
It is important that children with scarlet fever are assessed by their GP so they can be started on antibiotics. This will reduce the chances of their infection becoming more severe and stops the infection spreading to others.
The scarlet fever rash often begins with small spots on the body that then spread to the neck, arms and legs over the next 1 to 2 days. It is often feels like ‘sand paper’ but is not itchy.
Your child may also have a:
- Sore throat or tonsillitis
- Fever (temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) or above)
- Painful, swollen glands in the neck
- A red tongue (strawberry tongue)