Key Points About Rheumatic Fever
- Rheumatic fever is a complex disease that affects the joints, skin, heart, blood vessels and brain.
- It occurs after an infection with strep bacteria, such as strep throat or scarlet fever.
- Symptoms may include joint inflammation, small, hard bumps under the skin, jerky movements, a rash and fever.
- Treatment includes antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medicine and bed rest.
- Your child will need to have ongoing treatment to stop the disease from coming back.
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