The area of infection will dictate which symptoms are present. Infections typically begin in the throat or skin. The most striking sign is a strawberry-like rash. These can include:
- Pharyngitis (strep throat) – inflammation of throat with red and white patches, enlarged tonsils, headache, and fever
- Impetigo- yellowish, puss filled scabs formed from dried serum on the face, arms or legs
- Scarlet fever- prolonged sore throat and fever, bright red and dimpled tongue, a characteristic rash that starts on the chest, underarms, behind the ears, back and the rest of the body
- Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS) – Abrupt onset of severe pain, often in the arm or leg. Dizziness, fever, flu-like symptoms, confusion, and possible large rash
- Necrotizing fasciitis- intense pain near the site of trauma (break in the skin). Soon leads to swollen tissue, the skin may turn purple and blister, and eventually, necrosis of skin will occur.