Rheumatic Fever Treatments, Remedies And Prevention
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.
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