Rheumatic fever is a result of certain bacterial infections (Streptococcus Group A), causing pain of the joints (polyarthritis) and the heart (endo-, myo- or pericarditis). It occurs often when a scarlet fever or strep throat is not treated appropriately. It is an inflammatory illness and a complication of scarlet fever and strep throat. The condition is most common in children between 5 and 15 years old. Acute rheumatic fever can occur also in adults and younger children. The condition is rare in developed nations but common in numerous developing countries.
Rheumatic fever is a disease of the skin, joints, heart, and (rarely) the brain, which can form after an incorrectly (or non-)treated bacterial infection of Streptococcus pyogenes. Group A streptococci often cause an infection of the tonsils. Complications can be, similar to an allergic reaction, a polyarthritis and endo-, myo- or pericarditis, in rare cases also rheumatic nodes in the skin and an attack on the nervous systems (chorea minor).
10-20 days after a Streptococcus pyogenes infection of the mouth, nose and throat area, the rheumatic fever occurs. Patients suffer from generic symptoms such as fever, headache and sweating, in addition to the typical migratory joint pain with painful swollen and overheated joints. Involvement of the heart rarely causes noticeable symptoms, but it should be checked repeatedly, especially for possible heart valve destructions. If the skin is involved, typical circular rashes and rheumatic nodes occur mainly on the extensor side of the joints. If the nervous system is involved, it mainly shows in a clumsiness and unrest of the extremities.
A throat swab and specific blood tests can prove a Streptococcus pyogenes infection, and together with the symptoms mentioned above, the diagnosis of rheumatic fever can be confirmed. Therapy concentrates on fighting the Streptococcus with penicillin and on treating the inflammatory responses of joints, heart and other affected areas, most often with cortisone, or sometimes Aspirin. The treatment takes 4-6 weeks. The prognosis of rheumatic fever mainly depends on its severity and how strong the heart valves are affected. Today, rheumatic fever is a rare condition, because most infections of the upper respiratory tract are immediately treated with antibiotics.
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