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

Dr. Alan Levine
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Levine
Dr. Alan Levine
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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