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Rheumatic Fever Relapse
If mild rheumatic fever is untreated & runs its course without serious complications, is an untreated strep infection likely to cause a relapse?
Possible: Doesn't really matter if rf was initially 'mild', although i'm not sure what that means. Recurrence after another strep infection is always possible, but not definite. Yet the drawbacks of having repeated rf episodes are not good, particularly for the heart. Antibiotics are likely recommended chronically. ...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
Varies with study: One quoted number is 1 per each 200 untreated strep A infections. However, the data is hard to verify. In the third world, where access to care is limited and sore throats ignored, rheumatic heart disease is one of the more common causes of death. In the US, it pops up occasionally. ...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
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