A38: Scarlet fever

You have scarlet fever.

Specific bacteria have caused your illness. You get infected by droplets from other people. Such droplets arise for instance from sneezing or coughing.

A few days after you have been infected, you will probably get a high fever, coughing, headaches and limb pain. It is likely that you will also have a severe sore throat and may have difficulty swallowing. In addition, you may have to vomit. You may feel very weak and ill. Your tongue and cheeks are reddened. If you have been infected with scarlet fever for the first time, you will usually have many small red spots on your skin. These small red spots are on the entire body, except around the mouth and on the chin.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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