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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. Eric Weisman
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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

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

Psoriasis is 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. Christine Hom
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Rheumatic Fever (Definition)

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 ...Read more