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Monday, July 02, 2012

Rheumatic Fever Part 2

Even though this disease affects adults as well, it most commonly occurs in children between the age of 5 and 16 and as soon as any symptoms of strep throat manifest themselves, it is of the highest priority to see a doctor and get it taken care of properly.

Signs of strep throat may include a sore throat, trouble swallowing anything, tender, swollen lymph glands, a rash, a thick or bloody discharge from the nose and fever. It is easily taken care of with antibiotics and when administered according to the doctor's orders, it will be cured and the development of Rheumatic fever is prevented.

Some people may be more susceptible to the strep throat or scarlet fever bacteria and are more at risk of developing rheumatic fever then others. Keep that in mind in case there have been or are more cases of this disease in your family.

Based on signs, symptoms and a physical exam, your doctor will order tests which could include:
- a test for strep infection or, when this has already been diagnosed, blood work to detect antibodies to strep bacteria.
- An Electrocardiogram (ECG) to determine if there is any inflammation of the heart or a poor heart function.
- An Echocardiography which will reveal if there is any damage to the heart valves.

Should your child, grandchild, you, or one of your loved ones come down with Rheumatic fever, then don't despair; there are some really good treatment options these days which I will share with you soon.

Even if there weren't, God will always provide. I know from experience that He does, because not only has He done that so many times in the past, but He still is and always will! :-)

Daniel 4:2
I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.


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