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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)

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


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What treats rheumatic fever?

What treats rheumatic fever?

Penicillins/rest: rheumatic fever occurs after strep throat.it is treated with penicillin to eradicate the strep but it is considered an immune reaction after strep.So symptomatic treatment with rest and close follow up by your doctor including blood work is important ...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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What is rheumatic fever from?

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 is rheumatic fever like?

What is rheumatic fever like?

Each person is diff: It depends on the symptoms one can have, we see it mostly in children and rare in the us, it occurs 2 to 4 weeks after a strep infection - can involve the joints, the skin, the heart, the brain. Fever is where it gets it name. It was said in skips the joints but can bite the heart and cause heart damage. The cure is to prevent it with treatment of the group a strept throat infections. ...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

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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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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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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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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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Can I die from rheumatic fever if I ignore it?

Can I die from rheumatic fever if I ignore it?

Yes: Although uncommon to die directly from rheumatic fever itself, the damages it does to a variety of organ systems, particularly the heart can result in death. ...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 does rheumatic fever feel like? Is it just a fever?

What does rheumatic fever feel like?  Is it just a fever?

Not just a fever: Symptoms also may include: painful and tender joints — most often the ankles, knees, elbows or wrists; less often the shoulders, hips, hands and feet pain in one joint that migrates to another joint red, hot or swollen joints small, painless nodules beneath the skin chest pain sensation of rapid, fluttering or pounding heartbeats (palpitations) fatigue shortness of breath flat or slightly raised, . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rheumatic fever?

What is the definition or description of: rheumatic fever?

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 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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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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How do I tell if I had rheumatic fever in the past even if it is extremely mild?

How do I tell if I had rheumatic fever in the past even if it is extremely mild?

Clearly you are: worried as you have had so many postings. I am getting the impression that you may be engaging in self- diagnosis and self- treatment. If that is the case, I am not sure that we will be able to provide you with reassurance. But your physician can likely assess and do that. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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