Childhood Diseases

Posted by: queen bee | 2009-01-23


rheumatic fever

My 11yr old son contracted the streptococcus virus about 7yrs ago since then he' s been having pain in his joints sometimes after been very active in the day and sometimes just for no reason and sometimes accompanied by a rash we never thought anthing of it but after one too many occurences we took him to a doctor who diagnosed him as having " rheumatic fever how is it diagnosed and how is it treated even better could it have been prevented and what do we do from here on out thanx.

Expert's Reply



Rheumatic fever is a condtion caused by the streptococcus bacteria not a virus.Streptococcus is highly sensitive to penicillin.In rheumatic fever there are several major problems that may develop, joint involvement, skin rash and in particular an infection of the heart valves.It is essential to be seen and treated by a paediatrician, preferably a paediatric cardilogist. Children with rheumatic fever need to be treated on penicillin for many years on a continuous basis. Other medicines may also be required depending on the severity of the condition.Please see that your son is treated as soon as possible.

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