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Rheumatic Fever

Sometimes, the first sign of heart disease is a sore throat.

A sore throat can be the first symptom of rheumatic fever. Which if left undetected in a child, can lead to heart disease.

Signs and symptoms ::
Rheumatic fever begins with a sore throat that seems to clear up quickly, but is followed by fever and fatigue one to six weeks later. Major symptoms include inflammation of the heart, which shows up as weakness and shortness of breath. Arthritis that tends to migrate from one joint to another. Uncontrolled movement of the limbs and face. Raised, red patches on the skin, as well as lump under the skin.

Risk factors ::
Rheumatic fever usually occurs in children and young adults, mostly within the ages 5 to 15. A previous attack of the fever also makes one more susceptible to it.

Treatment ::
Long-term prescription of antibiotics. Sometimes, anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed.

Prevention ::
If your child has had a sore throat for over 24 hours accompanied by fever, consult your doctor. Also remember that your child is contagious until he has been on an antibiotic for 24 hours.


 
 
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