Scarlet fever is an uncommon and typically mild illness. Symptoms include a fine, pinkish or red body rash with a rough sandpapery feel. Other symptoms are sore throat, headache, swollen neck glands, and fever.
There are lots of viruses that cause sore throats, colds and coughs circulating. These should resolve without medical intervention. However, on very rare occasions, the bacteria that causes scarlet fever can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive Group A strep