Rise of the Rashes!
We are currently experiencing a significant rise in childhood illnesses such as scarlet fever, measles and 'Slapped cheek'. All of these present with a red rash of some form. Below are quick links to each diagnosis. If you are concerned about your child please ring us asap.
Children with this condition will require antibiotics and should be on these for at least 24 hours before they can go back into school/ nursery to reduce the risk to others.
Slapped Cheek (Parvovirus B19)http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Slapped-cheek-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx
This is a viral infection and is infectious for the 2 weeks before the rash appears. Once the rash has appeared the child is no longer infectious. If they are well enough they should be able to go to school/ nursery.
Children are infectious until 4/5 days after the rash has come out.
PLEASE NOTE ANY RASH THAT DOES NOT DISAPPEAR UNDER PRESSURE (FAILS THE SO CALLED 'GLASS TEST') NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION