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Scarlet fever is caused by the same bacteria that causes strep throat. Symptoms of scarlet fever are:
- loss of appetite
- bright red rash.
The rash appears on the neck, armpits and groin. The fine, pinpoint 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®) for fever. Follow the package directions for your child's height, weight or age.
- well-balanced food.
Antibiotics will treat scarlet fever. Make sure your child finishes the prescription, even if he feels better.