Scarlet Fever
23 February 2018

As is often the case around this time of year, there has been an increase in scarlet fever across the country in recent weeks. At present we are not aware of any cases at Appledore School.

Scarlet fever is a common childhood bacterial infection. Symptoms include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting.

After 12 to 48 hours the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, and giving the skin a sandpaper-like texture. Patients typically have flushed cheeks and pallor around the mouth. This may be accompanied by a ‘strawberry tongue’ whereby the tongue becomes pale with red spots.

If you suspect your child of having scarlet fever contact your GP for a consultation. If your child has contracted scarlet fever and is provided with appropriate antibiotic treatment your child should not attend nursery/school for 24 hours after starting their antibiotic treatment, as per national Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Child Care Settings.


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