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Scarletina (Strep Rash)
Scarletina is caused by the same bacteria that causes strep throat. Symptoms of scarletina are:
- loss of appetite
- bright red rash
The rash appears on the neck, armpits and groin. The sandpaper-like rash spreads to the body, arms and legs. Up to four weeks later, the skin on your child's fingers and toes may peel.
How to make your child more comfortable
Give your child:
- extra liquids
- acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®) as needed for pain. Follow the package directions for your child's weight or age.
Scarletina is a symptom of strep throat and needs to be
treated with an antibiotic. Make sure your child finishes
the prescription, even if the rash goes away.