Is it possible that scarlet fever cause heart problems later in life?

?? treated ?? Scarlet fever is an old term used in the era before antibiotics.It discribed the unremitting fever if certain strains of strep that had an extra ability to produce a red rash. Within weeks, the initial illness fades but a fraction went on to rheumatic heart disease, injuring heart valves and tissues.Proper treatment of strep today stops the rash early and prevents long term effects.

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My toddler has heart problems. She had about 5 seizures in the past. This seizure was caused by low sugar and febrile does she have epilepsy?

See below. Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. Read more...

How would I know if I had rheumatic heart disease? Had scarlet fever that went untreated longer than it should have 22 years ago.

Echocardiogram. The definitive answer will come from seeing a cardiologist and having an echocardiogram done. That will settle the question once and for all. If you have no cardiac symptoms and no murmurs when your doctor listens to your heart then rheumatic heart disease is unlikely as well. Read more...
An exam could help. Rheumatic heart disease is the result of a strep infection. Fortunately most don't go on to have heart involvement, particularly if the infection is treated. If your heart valves were affected it would very likely be audible on physical exam. If your physician is suspicious, they may order an echocardiogram to confirm those suspicions. Read more...
Should be obvious. The cited risk of RF after untreated strep(including scarlet fever) is about 1/200 cases. Symptoms usually appear within a month or so of the initial infection. If you haven't had any significant impairment to this point it is unlikely you had it. A thorough evaluation by your internist or cardiologist could confirm or exclude the issue if you are concerned. Read more...

I had untreated scarlet fever when I was a child. I have had heart palpitations and I suffer from joint pain all the time. How do I know it's from SF?

Characteristic echo. An echocardiogram can easily diagnose the type of damage Scarlett fever causes, even many decades later. Generally, a single bout doesn't cause heart damage, but multiple bouts can. Regardless, an echo is indicated to evaluate your palpitations, regardless of cause, so that's a good starting place. SF causes joint pain during the infection, but not years later. Read more...

Over my life I have exercised a few times while I've had the flu/fever. Could I have damaged my heart and not known it (Myocarditis)? I am 18 years old now extremely fit, and exercise almost daily, and have never had any symptoms of heart problems

Low risk, no worries. Exercising during viral infections is not known to increase the risk of myocarditits. And this is a very rare complication of such viral infections. With excellent fitness, i.e. assuming you have very good exercise tolerance, you can be confident you have had no heart damage from myocarditis. Read more...
You sound healthy. You sound healthy and fit. If you had a myocarditis I do believe you would know you were sick. So you don't seem to be ill just go on and continue your routine . Read more...

My 10 month old has been sweating/clammy while nursing for the past 2-3 days. No fever. Have read this could be linked to heart problems.?

Sweating. Sweating could be linked to heart problems, but the problem would have presented itself much before now.. Look for an other cause such as being overdressed or possibly to food the child might be eating. Read more...
Peds Card Eval. If you or your pediatrician are concerned about an infant's sweatung or clamminess, and if his weight percentile is off or he experiences difficulty breathing while feeding, he should see a board certified pediatric cardiologist. Read more...

Hi. Red face burning, hands cold, shaking feeling too cold, 120 pulse, feeling sleepy, presure in head and eyes. Heart problems or just a flu? Thanks

Shaking. the described symptoms and features are not typical of cardiac issues. Perhaps you are experiencing rigors, a temperature check would greatly helped in narrowing down the differential list, physical symptoms off an illness might be exaggerated due to your history of anxiety. Read more...