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Scarlet fever, a bacterial illness that causes a pink-red rash to appear on skin, has seen a substantial increase in cases in recent years according to Public Health England.
Here is how to spot the signs.
- sore throat
- high temperature
- flushed cheeks
- swollen tongue
After a day or two:
- characteristic pinkish rash appears
- usually occurs on the chest and stomach before spreading to other areas of the body, such as the ears and neck
- rash feels like sandpaper to the touch
- skin feels itchy
Scarlet Fever usually clears up after about a week.
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