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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Rheumatic Fever Treatments, Remedies And Prevention

Once you came down with Rheumatic fever, you are very likely to get it again, but the treatments are not only geared towards bringing the inflammations under control and providing relief from the symptoms, but also to prevent future occurrences.

Antibiotics will first be prescribed to eliminate and destroy any lingering strep bacteria, after which other antibiotics need to be administered to keep the fever from coming back.

This is not just another 'round of antibiotics'; it could mean a minimum of five years taking these medications when it concerns a teenager, longer where it pertains to younger children and in case you have inflammation of the heart due to Rheumatic fever, it may even be for life.

Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or naproxen may be prescribed as well and could be replaced by a corticosteroid like prednisone, depending on how well you respond to the first mentioned medications.

In case the fever has already resulted in Sydenham chorea (involuntary movements) you may also have to take anticonvulsants such as Depakene, Stavzor, Carbatrol, or Equetro for example.

When a child is experiencing symptoms of Rheumatic fever it may even be the doctor's recommendation to restrict its activities or advice bed rest until the symptoms improve. This could be for weeks or months at the time and all depends on the severity of the inflammation.

There is no other way to keep Rheumatic fever from coming back. The only way to prevent it from occurring at all is by quickly and adequately treating a strep throat infection or scarlet fever. In other words; tackling the problem at the source does more good then having to deal with and treat negative consequences.

Actions have reactions and whether the consequences are positive or negative is up to us. We have an amazing example of love and sacrifice in Our Lord. It resulted in everlasting life freely given to all of us!

Romans 5:18
Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.


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