I have been ill all week with the worst sore throat I have ever had. It was very swollen and all the glands in my neck were enlarged and tender; some still are. I didn't realise how many glands we have in our necks until I got this illness.
On Thursday I went to the doctors as I had developed a hot red neck and I wasn't getting any better. By the afternoon a rash had appeared on my arms and legs so I phoned the surgery and spoke to a different doctor who said it was quite common to get a rash with a sore throat.
Yesterday (Friday) morning the rash was worse so I phoned again and asked if I could just show the rash to a doctor to put my mind at rest and was surprised when I was asked to come in immediately. They thought I may have measles. The doctor looked at it but wasn't sure and I asked if it could be scarlet fever. She thought it was unlikely and said she would give me a prescription in case I got any worse over the weekend but only take them if my temperature went up again.
A few hours after I got home the doctor phoned me to say I had got scarlet fever and she had just seen another case. This meant that it is essential that I take the antibiotics for 10 days so would need some more.
The strange thing is that while my throat was swollen and my glands were so enlarged I haven't had the usual thyroid symptoms such as foggy head. I wondered if my thyroid was also swollen and this had made it produce more hormone.