Scarlet Fever

Prompt treatment with appropriate antibiotics significantly reduces the risk of complications.  Observe immunocompromised individuals (diabetes, women in puerperal period, chickenpox) as they are at increased risk of developing invasive infection.

For glossary of terms see Glossary

Drug details

First line (mild)


Second line

Phenoxymethylpenicillin 500mg 4 times a day

10 days

In penicillin allergy

Clarithromycin 250mg to 500mg twice daily

5 days

Last reviewed: 14 November 2017

Next review: 14 November 2019

Author(s): Antimicrobial Management Team

Approved By: TAM Subgroup of ADTC

Reviewer Name(s): Area Antimicrobial Pharmacist

Document Id: AMT153