Your GP will be able to treat you or your child for scarlet fever.While scarlet fever used to be serious, it can now be easily treated with antibiotics.Long-term health problems from scarlet fever may include rheumatic fever, kidney disease or arthritis. Here - The NHS website contains extensive information on the illness, symptoms, treatment and potential complications.PHE said tests have ruled out the possibility of a newly emerging strain of strep group A that is more easily spread between people. Although we have seen a small increase in cases this year, scarlet fever is usually a mild illness that can be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of further complications and to minimise the risk of its spread to others."Parents should be mindful of the symptoms of scarlet fever, which include a sore throat, headache and fever with a sandpapery, fine, pinkish/red rash developing within one to two days of first symptoms.
Although the illness usually clears up after about a week, your GP will be able to confirm a diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment." Any child diagnosed with scarlet fever should not go to school until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment while any adult affected should stay off work for at least 24 hours after starting treatment. Scarlet fever is spread through close contact with infected people or indirect contact with objects and surfaces contaminated with the bacteria. Symptoms usually clear up in a week and most cases are uncomplicated as long as children finish the course of antibiotics.In the week up to February 12 there were 446 cases reported nationally. How East Enders star June Brown, aka Dot Cotton, lived on a quiet street in Croydon for decades The highly infectious illness causes sore throats, headaches and high temperatures, as well as swelling of the tongue.It is characterised by a distinctive pink rash and children are particularly vulnerable.Symptoms include a headache, sore throat and a reddish, sandpapery rash - scroll down to read the full list.It is most common in children but adults can be affected too.