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Rheumatic fever

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that affects many of the body's connective tissues, especially those of the heart, joints, brain or skin. Children 5 to 15 years old, are most at risk, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in rural or remote areas or in difficult conditions.

Symptoms and signs of rheumatic fever may include:

Rheumatic fever is a serious condition that requires medical assessment. Early treatment with antibiotics can prevent long term serious complications of rheumatic heart disease.

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Last reviewed: October 2016

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Rheumatic Fever & Rheumatic Heart Disease | myVMC

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease which may develop after an infection with streptococcus bacteria (such as strep throat or scarlet fever) and can involve the heart (especially the valves), joints, skin, and brain

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Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

Information on acute rhematic fever, which causes rheumatic heart disease.

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Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) & Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) - including symptoms, treatment and prevention

Information on acute rheumatic fever (ARF) & rheumatic heart disease (RHD), including diagnosis, symptoms and treatment

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WA Rheumatic Heart Disease Register

The WA Rheumatic Heart Disease Register is designed to help improve the health care and health outcomes for people with acute rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease.

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Penhexal VK | myVMC

Penhexal VK contains phenoxymethylpenicillin potassium, an oral antibiotic used to treat Streptococcal throat infections and prevent rheumatic fever.

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Prescribing for people with acute rheumatic fever | Issue 2 | Volume 40 | Australian Prescriber | Australian Prescriber

Check out the recent changes in Australian recommendations for antibiotic use, aspirin dose and prevention of endocarditis.

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Mitral Stenosis (MS) | myVMC

Mitral stenosis is a narrowing or obstruction of the opening of the mitral valve, which separates the upper (left arium) and lower chamber (left ventricle) on the left side of the heart

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Aspirin - ADF - Alcohol & Drug Foundation

Aspirin can be used to treat: Mild to moderate pain; Fever; Swollen, red and tender body; tissues; Rheumatoid arthritis; Rheumatic fever

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Bayer Aspirin | myVMC

Aspirin is used to treat fever and relieve mild-moderate pain from migraine, tension headache, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatic fever.

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Rheumatic heart disease - NT.GOV.AU

Rheumatic heart disease register, management and prevention.

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