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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Brenner Children’s pediatric emergency department has moved back to its original location. Learn more

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
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Word! Scarlet Fever

Word! Scarlet Fever

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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.