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It usually subsides after one week and is followed by skin peeling over fingertips, toes and groin areas.
Public Health England experts said they were aware of the recent rises and have warned parents to look out for vital signs. Long-term health problems from scarlet fever may include rheumatic fever, kidney disease or arthritis. Here - The NHS website contains extensive information on the illness, symptoms, treatment and potential complications.Doctors are urging parents to be vigilant as cases of scarlet fever are rising in parts of the UK. Although the illness usually clears up after about a week, your GP will be able to confirm a diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment." Any child diagnosed with scarlet fever should not go to school until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment while any adult affected should stay off work for at least 24 hours after starting treatment. Scarlet fever is spread through close contact with infected people or indirect contact with objects and surfaces contaminated with the bacteria. Symptoms usually clear up in a week and most cases are uncomplicated as long as children finish the course of antibiotics.Symptoms of the highly infectious illness include a sore throat, headache, high temperature, swollen tongue and distinctive pink rash. Potential complications include ear infection, throat abscess and pneumonia.Two cases each were also reported in Woking and Elmbridge and one case each was reported in both Runnymede and in Epsom and Ewell.
No cases were reported in Mole Valley for the week in question.
A "sandpaper" texture-like rash would commonly begin on the first or second day of illness over the upper trunk and neck, which spreads to the limbs.