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  • Fever then no fever then fever again

  • Skin tightness of the fingers

  • Periodic fever (>100.4°F / 38°C)

  • Remittent fever of 102.2°F / 39°C

  • Stomach was uncomfortable, then had a fever

  • Scars or marks from the rash/wound

  • Extremely high fever of 106.7°F / 41.5°C or higher

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is rheumatic fever?

This disease can occur after an episode of streptococcal pharyngitis ("strep throat"). Some patients may experience inflammation of the heart leading to damage of the heart valves. Prompt antibiotic treatment is important to prevent heart problems.

Symptoms of rheumatic fever

  • Fever

  • Migratory joint pain

  • Skin hardening

  • History of rheumatic fever

  • Recurrent tonsilIitis / tonsil infections

  • Feeling breathless

  • Joints feel warm

  • Uncontrollable movements

Questions your doctor may ask to check for rheumatic fever

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have skin hardening?

  • Did you have rheumatic fever when you were young?

  • Have you had repeated tonsillitis?

  • Are you having difficulty breathing?

Treatment for rheumatic fever

Treatment aims to kill the remaining bacteria and reduce inflammation. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics for a long time (years) even after the initial infection settles. Heart valve damage may only show up after decades, so continued long-term follow-up may be advised.

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References

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    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12098-019-03128-7

  • Carapetis JR, McDonald M, Wilson NJ. Acute rheumatic fever. Lancet. 2005 Jul 9-15;366(9480):155-68. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(05)66874-2. PMID: 16005340.

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(05)66874-2/fulltext

  • Kumar RK, Tandon R. Rheumatic fever & rheumatic heart disease: the last 50 years. Indian J Med Res. 2013 Apr;137(4):643-58. PMID: 23703332; PMCID: PMC3724245.

    https://journals.lww.com/ijmr/pages/default.aspx

  • Lahiri S, Sanyahumbi A. Acute Rheumatic Fever. Pediatr Rev. 2021 May;42(5):221-232. doi: 10.1542/pir.2019-0288. PMID: 33931507.

    https://publications.aap.org/pediatricsinreview/article-abstract/42/5/221/180705/Acute-Rheumatic-Fever?redirectedFrom=fulltext

  • de Loizaga SR, Beaton AZ. Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease in the United States. Pediatr Ann. 2021 Mar;50(3):e98-e104. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20210221-01. Epub 2021 Mar 1. PMID: 34038651.

    https://journals.healio.com/doi/10.3928/19382359-20210221-01

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Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Tatsuya Shiraishi, MD

Tatsuya Shiraishi, MD (Cardiology)

Dr. Shiraishi graduated from the Kyoto University School of Medicine. He worked as a cardiologist at Edogawa Hospital, and after joining Ubie, he became the Director of East Nihonbashi Internal Medicine Clinic.

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