Can you have it without being particularly poorly? And does the rash always feel like sandpaper. My DS is being treated for it but apart from high temp and a rash there are no other signs he has it. His rash is raised and reasonably red but not necessarily Scarlet. Tongue normal and throat looks ok. Rash did start around the neck which I think can be a sign? His cheeks are flushed but then they can be anyway when he’s hot. I will of course trust GPS judgement and give him ab’s but not 100% convinced it is that
My son's never been as poorly as he was with scarlet fever, but it was the fever that did it- close to 40. Once the fever came down he perked right up, and was basically fine 24 hours after starting AB's. He also looked like a tomato- well beyond pink cheeks, he was red top to toe. The rash was in addition to the general redness and started about a day in, primarily on his thighs and back, but I didn't think it was particularly raised or sandpaper-like.
Both are going round the nursery. The child in Drs before him had slapped cheek (from the same nursery) The rash came before the red cheeks though. He may have had slapped cheek before but I don’t think Dr 100% confirmed it at that time
It was the most unwell he has ever been, they wanted him to go straight to A&E by ambulance he was that ill. I drove him as I told them I'd be quicker than the ambulance, I think they thought he had meningitis but it turned out to be scarlet fever.
My son wasn't especially I'll when he had scarlet fever. The thing is...you can't take the chance. If the dr thinks it might be the they have to treat it because untreated it can be horrendously dangerous. It can kill you or cause lifelong heart problems.
DS was really ill (non responsive/non blanching rash) and only very briefly had the rash (literally less than 12 hours) but the head paediatrician diagnosed him and it could be the iv antibiotics made the rash disappear. he did have a v v high temp as well (40)
Eldest also has a rash. Now to start her on ab’s. Spoke to Dr on phone but she already had a prescription we hadn’t filled from a sore throat earlier in week (it’s a virus but here is penicillin if she gets worse). She’s not poorly anymore and rash not as bad but is there