the first sign of heart disease is a sore
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.
Long-term prescription of antibiotics. Sometimes,
anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed.
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.