Friday, June 22, 2012

Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease which is triggered by an Streptococci infection. It is the result of an strep throat which was untreated or not adequately treated. Rheumatic fever symptoms are high fever, pain, painful and swollen ankles, knees, and wrists; if not treated, this acute inflammatory disease may severely damage the heart valves. Treatment: antibiotics, such as penicillin-G, and anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and corticosteroid.