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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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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Pharyngitis (Definition)

It is the inflammation of the pharynx, a structure that extends from the base of your skull to larynx and inlet to esophagus, behind your nose includes your tonsils and tongue base. Causes of inflammation is most often viral or bacterial. It is often ...Read more


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Can rheumatic fever be treated with the antibiotics for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?

Can rheumatic fever be treated with the antibiotics for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?

Yes and no: Rheumatic fever is a post-infectious immune response to group a streptococcus. The purpose of taking antibiotics is to prevent further spread of the infection to others as well as to stop the immune cycle. ...Read more

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Does strep throat cause a rheumatic fever?

Does strep throat cause a rheumatic fever?

Yes it can: Strep throat is due to infection with streptococcus pyogenes. It is easily treated with antibiotics, but if let untreated it can induce an immune reaction that can lead to Rheumatic Fever and Gloerulonephritis. It is easily diagnosed with a swab in minutes and treated with antibiotics so these diseases are rare now. ...Read more

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How do I know if my strep throat has given me rheumatic fever?

How do I know if my strep throat has given me rheumatic fever?

+strep, fever, and..: There are so called criteria to make diagnosis of such. At least you must have several of the things here such as: fever, multiple joint pain, rash (erythema marginatum), sydenham's chorea (st. Vitus' dance), heart inflammation, ekg changes, high white blood cell count etc...If u have concerns/symptoms, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have strep throat with only minor symptoms & develop rheumatic fever?

Is it possible to have strep throat with only minor symptoms & develop rheumatic fever?

Yes: Although Rheumatic fever is thought to be very rare in the US, it does occur and can occur after an untreated mild strep infection. The risk for rheumatic fever is greater in younger children and teens and tends to go down as you reach adulthood. ...Read more

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Before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do immune system already mildly attack body tissues?

Before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do immune system already mildly attack body tissues?

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. ...Read more

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Before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do a small number of antibodies already start to attach to body tissues?

Before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do a small number of antibodies already start to attach to body tissues?

It is rather complex: Link between strep infection&rheumatic fever is not clear.It seems that the bacteria tricks immune system.Strep bacteria contains a protein similar to found in certain tissues of the body.So the immune cells that normally attack the bacteria may attack body's own tissues as if it were Bacteria.Tissues like heart,joints,skin&nervous system.This takes time inuntreated cases of Strep throat&ScarletF ...Read more

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Is it possible for strep throat which caused extremely mild rheumatic fever to go away on its own after taking 4 tablets of clarithromycin?

Is it possible for strep throat which caused extremely mild rheumatic fever to go away on its own after taking 4 tablets of clarithromycin?

If you have: rheumatic fever /strep it is important to take the full course of prescribed antibiotics. You have written in quite a few times about this - so clearly you are worried. Did you self -medicate with the clarithromycin? ...Read more

Dr. Christine Hom
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Rheumatic Fever (Definition)

An inflammatory disease that can involve the heart, joints, skin, and brain.It typically develops two to four weeks after ...Read more


Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more