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In addition to the symptoms of strep throat, a red rash appears on the sides of your chest and abdomen. It may spread to cover most of your body. This rash appears as tiny, red pinpoints and has a rough texture like sandpaper. If you press on the rash, it loses color or turns white.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Dark red lines in the folds of your skin
  • A bright strawberry-red tongue and flushed (rosy) face, while the area around your mouth remains unchanged

The skin on the tips of your fingers and toes often peels after you get better. If you have a severe case, you may have a high fever, nausea, and vomiting.

Last Updated March 04, 2009