Group A Streptococcus are bacteria which can colonise the throat, skin and anogenital tract. It causes a diverse range of skin, soft tissue and respiratory tract infections.
Is it Strep A?
Look for the rash
It has a ‘sandpaper’ texture. On pale skin it may appear red and have a rough texture. On dark skin it may not appear red, but will have a rough texture.
Look at the tongue
Bright red with white coating, known as ‘strawberry tongue’.
Other symptoms may include:
Temperature, headache, body aches, feeling sick, flushed red cheeks, dehydration
It can be difficult to tell the difference between ‘Strep A’ (invasive Group A strep iGAS) and other infection, such as strep throat and impetigo.
The bacteria that causes these infections can usually be treated with prescribed antibiotics.
Your GP may suggest a phone consultation to avoid spreading the infection
Call 999 or go to A&E if your child is having difficulty breathing