Scarlet fever is treated with antibiotics, usually penicillin or azithromycin.
In addition to antibiotic treatment, patients with scarlet fever and severe throat symptoms may try:
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) to relieve pain and reduce fever
Soothing gargles to fight sore throat (in adults and older children who can gargle safely)
A cool-mist humidifier to soothe the breathing passages and throat
A liquid diet, including warm soups or cold milkshakes, if the patient's sore throat makes it difficult to swallow solid foods