Message from Kere Bennett, Public Health Nurse
As the cold part of the year arrives children and families are more likely to get sick especially with the influenza and sore throats.
Please get all sore throats checked out by your GP or Local Pharmacy. Both pharmacies in Wainuiomata are certified to run sore throat clinics and can provide treatment if within the criteria. This is a free service. All Children under 13yrs are free at the GP.
Scarlet fever is a strep throat and corresponding rash, both treatable.
What are the signs and symptoms of scarlet fever?
Scarlet fever usually starts with a sudden fever associated with sore throat, swollen neck glands, headache, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, swollen and red strawberry tongue, abdominal pain, body aches, and malaise.
The characteristic rash appears 12–48 hours after the start of the fever. The rash usually starts below the ears, neck, chest, armpits and groin before spreading to the rest of the body over 24 hours.
Tips and Hints:
• Keep children away from school when sick.
• See a Doctor or Pharmacist
• Get members of your family immunized with the flu vaccine.
• Regular hand washing and careful tissue disposal.
• Ring Health line 0800 611 116 if you are unsure about anything.