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Can You Get Rheumatic Fever Twice
20 million: Worldwide, it is estimated that as many as twenty million people (mostly children aged 5-15) develop rheumatic fever each year; most of these cases occur in developing countries. In the United States, it is estimated that there may be as few as 2 cases per 100, 000 people each year which equals about 6000 cases. ...Read more
Not anymore: Since the development of antibiotics (penicillin in particular) especially in developed countries with adequate access to medical care the number of patients that develop rheumatic fever has decreased dramatically as streptococcal throat infections are better diagnosed and treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Group A strep: Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory condition which uncommonly follows group a strep infections of the throat. It may affect joints, movement, skin and heart valves. The course is difficult to predict, but should be followed closely. Your doc needs to help you understand the treatment and plan. ...Read more
If someone has had Rheumatic Fever in the past and they get Strep again, do they have a recurrence if they treat Strep within a week or so?
Strep: You could develop recurrent rheumatic fever from a strep infection, but prompt treatment is the best way to avoid it. If you have rheumatic heart disease or history of glomerulonephritis, taking permanent penicillin prophylaxis would be recommended although it's not as effective for prevention of glomerulonephritis. A specialist in infectious diseases could answer your question best,however. ...Read more
For people who recovered from rheumatic fever, if not treated with long term antibiotics, will they get rheumatic fever again after mild strep throat?
Normally how long does it take for a 21 year old with strep throat to get rheumatic fever? If the rheumatic fever is very very mild, need treatment?
4-6wks. Need tx: Rheumatic fever, with rash, fever, muscle aches, swollen and painful joints, usually appears about 4-6 weeks after the strep infection resolves. It can appear even with minimal strap symptoms that some may not even recognize as such. Strep and rheumatic fever require treatment with antibiotics ; the latter sometimes with long term antibiotic therapy. The treatment can prevent heart valve damage ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My husband was told he needs heart surgery for mitral valve regurgitation and his aorta valve. My husband has been told he needs heart surgery for valves in his heart. Should he get a 2nd opinion? Also i had rheumatic fever as a child. I was told about
Each person is diff: It depends on the symptoms one can have, we see it mostly in children and rare in the us, it occurs 2 to 4 weeks after a strep infection - can involve the joints, the skin, the heart, the brain. Fever is where it gets it name. It was said in skips the joints but can bite the heart and cause heart damage. The cure is to prevent it with treatment of the group a strept throat infections. ...Read more
They could be: Particularly the ones related to joint swelling and inflammation. It is not unusual for the "arthritic" symptoms to be severe enough to prevent you form bearing weight and even walking. Other symptoms occurring several months later on (chorea) may also be debilitating by producing uncontrolled involuntary movements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rheumatic fever: read this: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/236582-overviewGet a more detailed answer ›
Not just a fever: Symptoms also may include: painful and tender joints — most often the ankles, knees, elbows or wrists; less often the shoulders, hips, hands and feet pain in one joint that migrates to another joint red, hot or swollen joints small, painless nodules beneath the skin chest pain sensation of rapid, fluttering or pounding heartbeats (palpitations) fatigue shortness of breath flat or slightly raised, . ...Read more
Post-strep fever: When the body produces antibodies to the streptococcus organism, the antibodies can affect the heart and kidneys; this inflammatory reaction is called an autoimmune reaction. The period of active inflammation of the heart is termed "rheumatic fever". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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