Parents in England are being warned that scarlet fever is spreading throughout communities. The illness typically affects children between ages two and eight.
Public Health England said scarlet fever usually reaches its highest levels in the winter before peaking in March
Scarlet fever is caused be a bacteria known group A steptococcus (GAS). It’s found in the skin and throat and causes a red rash. If a child has scarlet fever, they can expect nausea, headache, maybe vomiting and a pink rash spread throughout the body. The child may also lose their appetite and get swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Scarlet fever usually resolves itself without consequence. Some choose to treat it with antibiotics while others choose homeopathic solutions. Children or adults diagnosed with scarlet fever are also advised to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.
For families and friends caring for someone with scarlet fever, the risk of spread can be reduced through frequent hand washing and ensuring clothes, bedding, towels and cutlery are not shared between members of the household.