Public Health Scotland - Scarlet Fever/Strep A
Advice to parents and carers
Parents and carers may be concerned about scarlet fever and other group A strep infections. Public Health Scotland has published information about the situation in Scotland.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between a minor illness which can be cared for safely at home, and the small number of infections that are more serious and require specific medical treatment. NHS Inform is a reliable resource for health advice, including how to safely look after unwell children, when to seek medical advice, and what to look out for. In particular:
- Group A strep information and advice, which also links to information specifically about scarlet fever
- Self-help guides for illnesses, including for sore throat
- General winter ailments advice