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.
Not by itself. Thankfully, real rheumatic fever is relatively uncommon these days. However, when it is diagnosed, a round of antibiotics are often started to be sure the germ is purged from the system. The more specific treatment will depend on the intensity of the disease. The patient is usually hospitalized and treated with anti-inflammatories while being monitored closely. .

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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...
Yes and no. Rheumatic fever is a sequella of a group a streptococcal infection such as pharyngitis. An anaphylactoid reaction is one that mimics a true anaphalytic reaction but has nothing to do with the other 2 conditions you listed. Read more...

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...
Rheumatic fever ARF. ARF is an auto-immune response to infection with group a streptococcus bacteria. The ensuing generalized inflammatory response affects only certain organs: the heart, joints, central nervous system, and skin. Symptoms of rheumatic fever usually appear within 2 - 4 weeks . Symptoms include tiredness due to heart involvement, fever, joint pains, twitchings, rash, swollen glands. Need doctor exam. Read more...

Are there cases where strep throat cause immune system to attack heart but it is very mild to be considered rheumatic fever?

Doubtful. If you have confirmed strep throat, the treatment of amoxicillin or azithromycin would protect from rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, etc. There are other conditions that can cause systemic symptoms of fever and shortness of breath (Lemierre's syndrome). If the process was a viral syndrome e.g mononucleosis (which can cause an exudative tonsillitis) the fatigue, sweats would persist. See a doctor. Read more...

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...
It can. Rheumatic fever is a quirk in the immune system. Risk is often cited as occurring in 1/200 untreated strep A infections. The immune system creates antibodies to the germ that also attack human tissues, primarily in the heart, brain or kidneys. It is uncommon in the US where access to medical care is relatively easy. It is a common cause of heart disease and death in the third world. Read more...

Can Rheumatic Fever cause SVT and PVC episodes a few years later? If so, how/why? Have rhythm issues may have had RF? Repeat Strep throat as a teacher

Rheumatic heart. Rheumatic heart disease occurs as a delayed complication in some cases of strep throat. Typically it involves heart valve scarring and damage; arrhythmias are also possible. There are a number of things a cardiologist would want to know and investigate in your case, and these little text boxes are too small. For specific guidance about your case and your test results, consider a 2d opinion Consult. Read more...

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...

How commun is rheumatic Fever from untreated strep throat? Also, is it still possible to contract strep throat after having the tonsils removed?

Rare and yes. Rheumatic fever is very rare these days. The reasons for its lower frequency than in past years are not completely known. Accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment of group A streptococcal infections are only part of the explanation. Strep throat certainly can occur after tonsillectomy. Read more...