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How Does Rheumatic Fever Affect Pregnancy
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Rheumatic fever: Rheumatic fever itself is not a problem prior to pregnancy unless you develop rheumatic heart disease. Rheumatic heart disease is the most severe sequela of acute rheumatic fever. It usually occurs 10 to 20 years after the original illness . It can affect the heart valves most commonly causing mitral stenosis. Mitral stenosis can complicate a pregnancy. ...Read more
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
Can a person that had a rheumatic fever years ago work as a dentist? Doesn't this career risk his health?
No career risk : Dental personnel who have had rheumatic fever are not at any risk working in the dental field. Nor are the patients that they care for. There can be some lingering complication to those who have had r fever. Heart and heart valve damage for one. The infection control procedures that are followed makes it a safe work site. More risk catching cold. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If rheumatic fever was very very mild, what's the likelihood of relapse if I don't continue long term antibiotics?
Hard to comment: Without a full review of your history, records, exam & understanding of how the diagnosis was made it is hard to comment. RF is an immune mediated disease and in theory any new strep A infection could trigger a relapse & more damage. However, there are also proponents of discontinuing long term treatment in adulthood. It is best to discuss your options with your docs. ...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
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
Several problems.: Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that occurs following a streptococcal infection, such as streptococcal pharyngitis or scarlet fever. Believed to be caused by antibody cross-reactivity that can involve the heart, joints, skin, and brain,  the illness typically develops two to three weeks after a strep infection. Acute rheumatic fever commonly appears in children between 6-15 yrs old. ...Read more
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