Scarlet fever causes a characteristic bright red rash that begins under the arms and on the neck, chest, armpit, inner thighs and groin area as small red spots that gradually become elevated and spread over the body. Within a few days, the redness fades and a finely textured rash, sometimes referred to as a sandpaper rash, develops. The rash is caused by toxins produced by the streptococcal bacteria.
The rash and skin discoloration usually last for about three to seven days, at which time there may be peeling of skin around the fingertips and toes and in the groin area.
The arees of peeling might appear to be white patches.You need to give time for the skin to repair itself.Wait for a month or two before you try to sunbathe or do any other treatment.
ok thank you so much i was tan when it started and some spots are still red while others that have healed are white and it's been 4 weeks now. i have been trying to dry out with laying out and chlorine which seem to be helping as long as it does not scar which is what i'm concerned about now....
it was the white patches I am concerned of since I was tan before I got the scarlet fever- it's five weeks now and they are still there? scars? or jsut need to blend in? that's why I'm wondering if I should start tanning to even out. When I get spray tan the spots still stay lighter thanks!!
my son had scarlet fever when he was 8. Now at 17 every time he gets in the sun, the rash appears on his chest exactly in the same pattern it did when he was sick at age 8. It will go away with a tan, just appears at the first sign of sun exposure.