Under 18 GP Appointments
We now offer GP appointments for children aged between 1 and 18 via our remote video service (UK wide) and face to face appointments at selected centres. Please note that these appointments cannot be booked online so please call 0330 822 3072 for more information or to book. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm. We may record and monitor our calls. Available from £49.
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Yes, scarlet fever spreads very easily. You can catch it when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or by touching surfaces that they have touched. If you have scarlet fever, you’ll need to stay away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics. See our causes section to find out more.
Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness. It doesn’t cause serious complications for most people. It’s still important to get treatment promptly though. This helps to stop the spread and reduces the risk of developing complications. Very rarely, the bacteria that causes scarlet fever can get into your bloodstream and cause a more dangerous illness, called invasive strep A. See our complications section for more information.
The first symptoms of scarlet fever are usually a sore throat and fever (high temperature). You may also have a headache, feel very tired and feel sick or vomit. You may develop a white coating on your tongue. About a day or two later, you also start to develop a rash on your body. See our symptoms section for more information.
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