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Newly diagnosed with chronic epstein barr virus (ebv) i've been having low grade fevers. Is this what's causing then?

Newly diagnosed with chronic epstein barr virus (ebv)  i've been having low grade fevers. Is this what's causing then?

Diagnosis?: In most cases, what is called chronic ebv infection is really chronic fatigue syndrome, a relapsing illness found mostly in young adults, especially women, that is triggered by a number of infections but not due to them. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Epstein Barr Virus (Definition)

The epstein–barr virus (ebv) is a virus in the herpesvirus family and is one of the most common viruses in humans. Ebv is best known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis, and infection with ebv occurs by the oral transfer of saliva and/or genital secretions, hence the moniker "the kissing disease". In the us, about 90 to 95 percent of all adults have ...Read more


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My friend has glandular fever my blood tests shows i had epstein barr in the past. Am i safe to kiss her or can I re catch it?

My friend has glandular fever my blood tests shows i had epstein barr in the past. Am i safe to kiss her or can I re catch it?

Possibly: As long as she has the illness from the same virus you would be immune.As much as 10% of glandular fever/mono is caused by a variety of other viruses. You also may have acquired immunity to those viruses in childhood. ...Read more

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How many people get rheumatic fever?

How many people get rheumatic fever?

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

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When was the last case of rheumatic fever?

When was the last case of rheumatic fever?

Daily: Rheumatic fever still exists and occurs worldwide though rates are much lower in the developed world. ...Read more

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Is rheumatic fever still occuring this century, in the u.S.?

YES: But infrequently. Strep throat is the predisposing factor, but since this has been treated aggressively by most doctors, we rarely see acute rheumatic fever. Last case i remember was 13 years ago. ...Read more

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If my child has had rheumatic fever, must I restrict their activities for a year?

If my child has had rheumatic fever, must I restrict their activities for a year?

Most do not have to.: After the acute stages of the illness, most children do not have to restrict activities. Check with your pediatrician/pediatric cardiologist since cases can vary with other underlying conditions/issues. ...Read more

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How often does strep come as rheumatic fever?

How often does strep come as rheumatic fever?

Causes ARF: Strep throat leads to acute rheumatic fever because the body mistakes chemicals in the strep as if they were components of some of our normal tissues, and then reacts against those tissues thinking they are foreign invaders. This will happen with some frequency unless the strep throat is treated appropriately, but this has become increasingly rare in usa since most cases are treated appropriately. ...Read more

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I have rheumatic fever.its been 3mos since i stopped taking penicillin.whats the possibility of not taking med?

I have rheumatic fever.its been 3mos since i stopped taking penicillin.whats the possibility of not taking med?

Rheumatic fever: Rheumatic fever requires long-term antibiotic use, the consequences of having recurrent or worsening disease can lead to fatal consequences. I strongly urge you to discuss this with your physician and make sure that you are doing what is most appropriate for your good health. It's important you follow through with this, the consequences can be severe. ...Read more

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Can untreated rheumatic fever re active tb?

Can untreated rheumatic fever re active tb?

Reactivate? : No. If u were treated ; then free of tb. Untreated rheumatic fever is a very serious problem ; can lead 2 life threatening complications. ...Read more

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What is the physiology and pathophysiology of rheumatic fever?

Rheumatic fever: Rheumatic fever is caused by a streptococcal infection triggering a specific immune response. Acutely various joint aches and pains occur accounting for the 'rheumatic' term. Long term the mitral and/or aortic valves are often involved with chronic inflammation and damaged. We see rf rarely in the us now, but sometimes in new immigrants. ...Read more

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Is rheumatic fever something like sepsis?

Is rheumatic fever something like sepsis?

Autoimmune: Rheumatic fever is a sequels of untreated streptococcal throat infection. Body produces antibodies to the bacteria which can attack joints and heart valves as they share some protein structures with the bacteria. ...Read more

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Difference between rheumatic fever vs rheumatic heart disease?

Difference between rheumatic fever vs rheumatic heart disease?

ARF can cause RHD: Acute rheumatic fever is an immunologic response to a strep infection. It can cause fever, rash, arthritis and can damage the heart. Not everyone who gets acute rheumatic fever get permanent heart disease. Rheumatic heart disease is due to heart damage from acute rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Is it safe to a pregnant person if you have rheumatic fever (heart)?

Is it safe to a pregnant person if you have rheumatic fever (heart)?

See details: your question is somewhat confusing but if you have rheumatic heart disease you should have a cardiology evaluation Before attempting pregnancy. You need to know the severity of the involvement. ...Read more

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Why does acute rheumatic fever target the mitral valve causing stenosis?

Why does acute rheumatic fever target the mitral valve causing stenosis?

Autoimmune : The immunologic response the strep infection causes antibodies and cellular responses. But some of these same antibodies also react to certain heart tissue also causing heart damage. The immune response becomes autoimmune to the body tissues. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease differ?

Can you please tell me how rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease differ?

Disease and complica: Rheumatic fever is a disease that can developed after an infection with streptococcus is not treated early. This can be complicated by rhematic heart disease and arthritis and renal failure, etc. ...Read more

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If you had rheumatic fever what is the chances of rheumatic heart disease later?

If you had rheumatic fever what is the chances of rheumatic heart disease later?

Up to 50%: About half of individuals who have rheumatic fever with evidence of carditis at presentation will develop significant enough damage to the heart valves to lead to a murmur later on in life (10-20 years later). The murmur may or may not be clinically significant. ...Read more

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Are rheumatic fever, streptococcal pharyngitis, and anaphylactoid reaction related?

Are rheumatic fever, streptococcal pharyngitis, and anaphylactoid reaction related?

Yes,Yes and No: Rheumatic fever is a possible consequence of untreated strep throat. An anaphylactic reaction is a severe allergic response and not related to the other two. ...Read more

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Would myocarditis or heart failure show up immediately after Rheumatic Fever if heart was affected?

Would myocarditis or heart failure show up immediately after Rheumatic Fever if heart was affected?

Rheumatic Fever: If the cardiac manifestation of RF was myocarditis, it would show up. Depending how bad and whether valve(s) were affected, too, heart failure could result. ...Read more

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Is there any effect in the brain when someone is taking up benzathine pennicillin due to rheumatic fever?

Is there any effect in the brain when someone is taking up benzathine pennicillin due to rheumatic fever?

RF or drug?: I do know of significant neural side-effects of your depo-pen. Rf can cause neurological disease, especially chorea, but many other issues can occur. Finally sx can be due to many other problems. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Hives (Definition)

An outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more