Self limiting. Rheumatic fever has several manifestations and can variable in severity. It is an autoimmune reaction for specific bacteria in the throat. Prevention is very possible and recommended for patients who had previous attack of rheumatic fever. If a subject contracted this condition usually responds well to anti-inflamma but some cases the sequale can be lifelong (mitral valve or aortic valve damage).
My mum 57 old, had rheumatic fever when kid not cured, now have rheumatic heart and always with acute knee pain, does she need penicillin or what?
Rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever is caused by an inflammatory reaction to streptococcal pharyngitis. Recurrent bouts can further damage the heart. Risk is related to exposure to strep. If she teaches elementary school, then I would say yes, she needs to take penicillin every day to protect against a strep infection. Read more...