A 22-year-old male asked:
before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do immune system already mildly attack body tissues?
1 doctor answer
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Clarification: First, not all will develop rheumatic fever if untreated.The frequency is estimated at 1/200 untreated cases & what makes some do it and others not is unknown. Second, for those that will have 10 days to start treatment during which you can stop auto-antibodies to human tissue from forming. They would form antibodies to strep, just not auto-antibodies.
Answered on Jun 21, 2017
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