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How long does it take StrepA to spread to your heart if untreated? Days? Weeks?

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Dr. Steven Back
Internal Medicine

In brief: Rheumatic Disease

Hi Jessie, Acute rheumatic fever, isn't due to group A strep spreading to the heart.
If strep throat remains untreated, the symptoms will resolve, however the bacteria will remain and cause an autoimmune response that can affect the heart within weeks of the initial throat infection. Therefore, it is very important to treat strep throat if it is suspected, or as soon as it is diagnosed.

In brief: Rheumatic Disease

Hi Jessie, Acute rheumatic fever, isn't due to group A strep spreading to the heart.
If strep throat remains untreated, the symptoms will resolve, however the bacteria will remain and cause an autoimmune response that can affect the heart within weeks of the initial throat infection. Therefore, it is very important to treat strep throat if it is suspected, or as soon as it is diagnosed.
Dr. Steven Back
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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine

In brief: Endocarditis happens

2-3 weeks post exposure.
It is an immunologic reaction, not a direct infection

In brief: Endocarditis happens

2-3 weeks post exposure.
It is an immunologic reaction, not a direct infection
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
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