Rheumatic fever is a disease that can harm the heart, joints, skin, and brain. It can occur after a child has had strep throat that has not been treated. It does not spread to others.
The fever can make your child's joints ache and swell. Your child may have belly pain and a rash or bumps on the skin. Some children develop heart valve problems.
Your child may need to take medicine to reduce pain and swelling. If the heart valves are damaged, he or she will need more treatment.
Your doctor will treat the strep throat with antibiotics. Your child may need to take them from time to time to keep rheumatic fever from coming back.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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