A 22-year-old male asked:
before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do a small number of antibodies already start to attach to body tissues?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Yash Khanna answered
57 years experience Family Medicine
It is rather complex: Link between strep infection&rheumatic fever is not clear.It seems that the bacteria tricks immune system.Strep bacteria contains a protein similar to found in certain tissues of the body.So the immune cells that normally attack the bacteria may attack body's own tissues as if it were Bacteria.Tissues like heart,joints,skin&nervous system.This takes time inuntreated cases of Strep throat&ScarletF
Answered on Jun 20, 2017
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