Scarlet Fever | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is scarlet fever diagnosed?

The rash of scarlet fever is unique and may be recognized by your child's doctor. In addition, your child's doctor may order a throat swab to confirm the diagnosis of strep throat as the source of the scarlet fever.

How is scarlet fever treated?

Treatment for scarlet fever is the same as for strep throat. It's important not to send your child back to school or daycare until she has been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours. Also, be sure to notify others who may have been exposed.

Your child's doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection. Other treatment options may include:

  • warm saline mouth gargles (to relieve the sore throat)
  • increased fluid intake
  • acetaminophen for fever (do not give aspirin)