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Do antibiotics help you recover from rheumatic fever or only prevent relapse?

Do antibiotics help you recover from rheumatic fever or only prevent relapse?

Acute RA: Antibiotics will not therapeutically affect arf. They are intended to treat grp a streptococcus pyogenes infection which is a precursor to recurrence of arf. ...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


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If mild rheumatic fever is untreated & runs its course without serious complications, is an untreated strep infection likely to cause a 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

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Do a lot of people get rheumatic fever?

Do a lot of people get rheumatic fever?

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 more

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Can rheumatic fever be cured?

Can rheumatic fever be cured?

Depends: The cure depends upon the complication. For example, post stretococcal glomerulonephritis, a kidney problem is self limited. Heart damage to a valve is permanent. Check with your doctor for the other. ...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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Are some people more prone to getting rheumatic fever?

Are some people more prone to getting rheumatic fever?

Yes: Rheumatic fever is usually the result of an untreated throat infection with a streptococcus bacteria but in a patient with an underlying predisposition for the disease. Also, if you have already had the disease, you are more prone to having a recurrence. ...Read more

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What is rheumatic fever from?

Strep infection: Rheumatic fever is a condition that can occur following a streptococcus pyrogens infection, such as strep throat or scarlet fever. It's typically a disease of children, though it's now far less common than it used to be. ...Read more

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What are the odds of getting rheumatic fever? How common is it?

What are the odds of getting rheumatic fever? How common is it?

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

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Are the symptoms of rheumatic fever bad?

Are the symptoms of rheumatic fever bad?

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 more

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Can you die from rheumatic fever?

Can you die from rheumatic fever?

Yes: About 1.5% of persons with rheumatic carditis die of the disease annually. Cardiac involvement is the most serious complication of rheumatic fever and causes significant morbidity and mortality. About 60% of patients diagnosed with rheumatic fever annually will develop carditis. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more