Complications of scarlet fever 

Most cases of scarlet fever don't cause complications, particularly if the condition is properly treated.

In the early stages, there's a small risk of:

Very rare complications that can occur at a later stage include:

You may have one of these rare complications if you're very unwell, in severe pain and have a severe headache, vomiting or diarrhoea.

See your GP immediately if any of these symptoms appear in the first few weeks after the main infection has cleared up.

Can I get scarlet fever again?

If you've had one episode of scarlet fever you'll usually be immune to further infection. However, rarely, it is possible to experience recurring episodes.

Page last reviewed: 04/03/2015

Next review due: 31/03/2018