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My daughter was diagnosed with scarlet fever Friday, swan results back Monday which confirmed it. Yesterday I woke up with a terrible sore throat so went to the doctor who took one look said no its just a sore throat and scarlet fever is unheard of in adults. Off I went and the throat felt slightly better today sunlight just had a bath and have noticed 3 large red marks on my shoulder, all feel very dry to the touch although don't suffer with dry skin. Nothing like how my daughters looked hers was a pink sunburn looking rash on her underneath and cheeks whereas these are definate patches. Back to the doctor tomorrow?
My husband had Scarlett fever diagnosed at the age of 36. DD1 had it at Christmas time and he was diagnosed in Feb - we were sceptical as big gap between her recovery and his diagnosis, so don't know where it came from but he did have it and was v poorly with flu like symptoms for about a fortnight! Not fun. Hope you don't have it and feel better soon!
You can definitely get it. We are pretty sure I had it as a child, but I got it a couple of years ago as an adult too. Very sore throat, fever, felt really poorly. Then red rash on my chest. I didn't really notice the rash but the GP did when i went in.
If it's SF it needs treating, as untreated with AB it can cause later rheumatic fever.
Yes definitely ask for swab - first time dh went to Dr(or rather practice nurse - not convinced that they actually have Dr at our heath centre) she suggested he change his washing powder! Took him 3 appointments to be taken seriously. He has a v hairy chest tho where his rash mainly was so it was quite hard to spot if he was feeling OK temp wise. Wear a big think jumper to your appointment so rash v obvious!
I have a feeling the doctor is not going to take me seriously as I've just had to have an argument with the receptionist who said lots of colds are going around, adults don't get scarlet fever I dont think you need to be seen see how you are by Monday!! Anyway, eventually got an appt for this afternoon so will see how that pans out!!