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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...

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...

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...

Before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do immune system already mildly attack body tissues?

Clarification. First, not all will develop rheumatic fever if untreated.The frequency is estimated at 1/200 untreated cases & what makes some do it and others not is unknown. Second, for those that will have 10 days to start treatment during which you can stop auto-antibodies to human tissue from forming. They would form antibodies to strep, just not auto-antibodies. Read more...

Before strep throat reaches level of rheumatic fever, do a small number of antibodies already start to attach to body tissues?

It is rather complex. Link between strep infection&rheumatic fever is not clear.It seems that the bacteria tricks immune system.Strep bacteria contains a protein similar to found in certain tissues of the body.So the immune cells that normally attack the bacteria may attack body's own tissues as if it were Bacteria.Tissues like heart,joints,skin&nervous system.This takes time inuntreated cases of Strep throat&ScarletF. Read more...

Is it possible for strep throat which caused extremely mild rheumatic fever to go away on its own after taking 4 tablets of clarithromycin?

If you have. rheumatic fever /strep it is important to take the full course of prescribed antibiotics. You have written in quite a few times about this - so clearly you are worried. Did you self -medicate with the clarithromycin? 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...

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...