What is Rheumatic Fever?
Rheumatic fever is common worldwide and is responsible for many cases of damaged heart valves. Rheumatic fever primarily affects children between ages 6 and 15 and occurs approximately 20 days after strep throat or scarlet fever.
What Causes Rheumatic Fever?
The exact cause of rheumatic fever is unknown.
What are the Symptoms of Rheumatic Fever?
Symptoms of rheumatic fever generally appear within five weeks after an untreated strep throat infection. The most common symptoms of rheumatic fever are:
Can Rheumatic Fever be Treated?
Yes. Treatment for acute rheumatic fever is geared towards the reduction of inflammation with anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or corticosteroids. Other treatments include antibiotics and medication to reduce joint pain.
Complications of Rheumatic Fever
Some common complications of rheumatic fever are:
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