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Word! Scarlet Fever

Scarlet Fever

Say: SKAR-lit FEE-vur

Scarlet fever is an infection that's caused by the same bacteria that cause strep throat. The bacteria sometimes make a poison that causes a rash. The red, bumpy rash spreads over most of the body and is what gives scarlet fever its name (scarlet means bright red). The rash usually looks a bad sunburn with tiny bumps, and it may itch. It usually starts to go away after about 6 days. It may peel for several weeks until the skin is healed. Kids with scarlet fever take antibiotics to feel better.

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