Signs and Symptoms
1. Fever of 100 degrees or higher.
2. Very sore swollen joints.
3. In the beginning, a sore throat usually with swollen glands in the neck.
4. Fatigue and breathlessness.
5. Loss of appetite.
6. Pale skin.
7. Rash on chest, back, and abdomen (sometimes).
What to do now
1. Make sure your child gets rest in bed and drink plenty of liquids.
2. After diagnosis is confirmed, doctor may advise aspirin for joint pain.
When to call a doctor
1. If a child or an adult has recently had a strep infection and then shows symptoms of rheumatic fever.
2. If new, unexplained symptoms appear after treatment has begun; this could be a reaction to a prescribed drug.
3. If a child or an adult has fever, sore throat, and swollen glands that persist for 48 hours or more; these symptoms could signal a strep infection.
How to prevent it
Seek prompt diagnosis and treatment of a strep infection.