Scarlet Fever: signs and symptoms

Scarlet Fever: Do you know what to look for? Credit: NHS Choices

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.

Initial symptoms:

  • sore throat
  • headache
  • 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