Rheumatic Fever - Causes - Diagnosis - Symptoms - Treatment
What Is Rheumatic Fever?
Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease which may affect the heart, joints, brain, and skin.
Acute Rheumatic Fever
Information on the cause, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of acute rheumatic fever.
Learn about the symptoms and treatments for rheumatic fever, a complication of an infection, like strep throat, that can cause arthritis, heart problems, a rash, fever, and other symptoms, from Vincent Ianelli, your Guide to Pediatrics.
Strep throat is caused by Streptococcus bacteria. It is the most common bacterial infection of the throat. Untreated strep throat can sometimes lead to rheumatic fever.
Scarlet fever is a disease caused by an infection of the throat with group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal bacteria.
Rheumatic fever is a serious inflammatory condition that can affect many parts of your body — heart, joints, nervous system and skin. Although rheumatic fever can occur at any age, it most frequently occurs in children between the ages of 6 and 15 years. The disease is twice as common in females as it is in males, from MayoClinic.
Group A Streptococcal Infections
Group A streptococcal (strep) infections are caused by group A streptococcus, a bacterium responsible for a variety of health problems. Untreated group A strep infection can result in rheumatic fever that causes joint pain and heart disease, from NIAID.