Scarlet Fever Rash
Many people will get a rash as a symptom of scarlet fever. Generally, one to four days after becoming infected with group A streptococcus (the bacteria that cause scarlet fever), a person will develop a rash that looks like a sunburn, feels like a rough piece of sandpaper, and does not affect the palms and soles. The rash usually lasts about six to nine days.
What Is the Scarlet Fever Rash?
Scarlet fever in an illness caused by group A streptococcus, the same bacteria that cause strep throat. The rash is one characteristic symptom of scarlet fever.
What Does It Look Like?
One to four days after becoming infected with group A streptococcus, a person can develop a scarlet fever rash (see Scarlet Fever Pictures). The rash first appears as tiny red bumps on the chest and abdomen. The rash may then spread all over the body, but does not typically affect the palms and soles. The rash looks like a sunburn, and feels like a rough piece of sandpaper. It is usually redder in the armpits and groin areas.
How Long Does It Last?
The rash that characterizes scarlet fever usually lasts about six to nine days. After the rash is gone, often the skin on the tips of the fingers and toes begins to peel.
The rash is just one of several possible symptoms of scarlet fever.
(You can read more about other symptoms of scarlet fever by going to the eMedTV article Scarlet Fever Symptoms.)