Mum warns parents of daughter’s ‘sunburn-like’ Strep A symptoms that left doctors baffled

A Scottish mum has revealed her six-year-old daughter looked “sunburned” and broke out in a “head to toe rash” as an unusual symptom after contracting strep A.

Sadie Learmonth said her daughter Khloe was struck down with the life-threatening illness in September – and doctors were unable to diagnose her for weeks.

The 33-year-old, from Irvine, North Ayrshire, warned fellow parents as she shared details of her daughter’s Strep A symptoms – as cases of the disease rose in Scotland.

Ms Learmonth first noticed a lump on Khloe’s neck before later developing a sore throat and her skin turned bright red, itchy and flaky.

Khloe, six, from Irvine, North Ayrshire, looked ‘sunburned’ after contracting strep A

Sadie Learmonth (left), 33, said her daughter Khloe (right) was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in September - and doctors were unable to diagnose her for weeks

Sadie Learmonth (left), 33, said her daughter Khloe (right) was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in September – and doctors were unable to diagnose her for weeks

After contracting strep A, Khloe had a

After contracting strep A, Khloe had a

Three months later, Khloe is on the mend, but still battles stubborn red spots on her feet that haven't gone away yet.

Three months later, Khloe is on the mend, but still battles stubborn red spots on her feet that haven't gone away yet.

After contracting strep A, Khloe developed a red “head to toe rash” (left). Three months later, Khloe is on the mend, but still battles stubborn red spots on her feet that haven’t gone away yet.

The worried mum says she took Khloe to the GP surgery three times in three weeks but doctors were unable to identify her symptoms as Strep A, leaving the schoolgirl feeling “ ugly and paranoid” about the state of his body.

Ms Learmonth said: “Khloe was so overwhelmed and distressed about her skin. She didn’t want to kiss me, her dad, or her one-year-old brother in case she passed on the disease. She kept saying she was ugly and was paranoid about people staring at her rash.

“I was constantly crying because the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her.”

Ms Learmonth told how doctors first thought Khloe’s symptoms were due to a simple cold, before saying it could be impetigo – a contagious skin infection that often starts with sores or sores. blisters on the skin.

But after the young girl failed to improve with the antibiotics prescribed to help her, a third visit to the GP eventually led to a diagnosis of scarlet fever – a disease caused by strep A infection .

Three months later, Khloe is on the mend, but still battles with stubborn red spots on her feet that haven’t gone away yet.

Ms Learmonth first noticed a lump on Khloe's neck before later developing a sore throat and her skin turned bright red, itchy and flaky.

Ms Learmonth first noticed a lump on Khloe's neck before later developing a sore throat and her skin turned bright red, itchy and flaky.

Khloe's rash caused by Strep A

Khloe's rash caused by Strep A

Ms Learmonth first noticed a lump on Khloe’s neck before later developing a sore throat and her skin turned bright red, itchy and flaky.

A painful red rash caused by Strep A on Khloe's arm

A painful red rash caused by Strep A on Khloe's arm

A painful red rash caused by Strep A on Khloe’s arm

Ms Learmonth now says she is grateful the burned appearance of Khloe’s skin provided a ‘physical’ symptom of the infection that she was able to see and seek help.

She explained that her daughter had otherwise shown very few signs that she had been struck down by what the mother now knows to be a life-threatening illness after a number of children were reported dead in the UK. United.

Ms Learmonth added: ‘If that physical symptom wasn’t there I wouldn’t have noticed there was anything wrong with her and would ask other parents to keep an eye out for those signs.

Vicki Campbell, head of primary and emergency care services, said: ‘NHS Ayrshire & Arran cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality. We encourage anyone with concerns about the care or treatment provided to contact us directly. This allows us to investigate and provide feedback.

. Mum warns parents daughters sunburnlike Strep symptoms left doctors baffled

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