Scarlet fever also known as scarlatina is an illness that can happen in kids who also have strep throat or strep skin infections. The strep bacteria make a toxin poison that causes a bright red, bumpy rash. The rash spreads over most of the body and is what gives scarlet fever its name. It often looks like a bad sunburn with fine bumps that may feel rough like sandpaper, and it can itch. It usually starts to go away after about 6 days, but might peel for several weeks as the skin heals.
Sore throats are common in children. Sometimes children can get 'strep throat'. A rare complication of strep throat is rheumatic fever. Copyright Kylie Sullivan Glandular fever is diagnosed with a blood test. In at-risk people, untreated strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever.
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A sore throat is usually a symptom of an illness. Learn possible causes, how long it lasts, and how to take care of your child. Pharyngitis and tonsillitis are infections in the throat that cause it to be sore. If the tonsils are primarily involved, it is called tonsillitis and if the throat is primarily involved it is called pharyngitis.