A sore throat, a rash of tiny spots beginning at the neck and spreading over the whole body, a high temperature and vomiting are the main symptoms of scarlet fever.
The disease is highly contagious and lasts for one or two weeks. The rash goes away after four or five days.
What you should do
• Encourage the patient to rest, and remember that he may be infectious for seven days and pass the illness on to others.
• Give plenty of cool drinks.
• Give temperature-reducing drugs such as paracetamol in the doses recommended on the container.
• Notify the doctor that you suspect scarlet fever.