is a term used for strep throat
with a rash
. Scarlet fever is most common in children ages 2 to 10, but it can affect people of any age.
The most noticeable symptom of scarlet fever is a rough, red rash that feels like fine sandpaper. The rash usually appears 24 hours after the fever starts. The rash begins on the chest and abdomen and then spreads over the rest of the body within 1 to 2 days. The rash and redness
are more apparent in skin folds, especially in the groin, armpits, and elbow creases. It usually fades in about a week, and at that time the skin may begin to peel. After the skin starts to peel, bright red spots may appear on the tongue, giving it an appearance called "strawberry tongue.Scarlet fever and the strep infection that causes it are treated with antibiotics.