Strep A (Group A Streptococcus)

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