Am I Still Having A Streptococcal Bacterial Infection?
, I was diagnosed with rheumatic fever by a doctor from February because my ASTO was 400. after being hospitalized for a week I experienced an increase of 800 and dropped to 400, stable. then I went to Malaysia for treatment twice and the doctor said that it was okay because it had become my antibody. I asked a doctor in Indonesia, I was told that I still had streptococcal bacteria in my body. and what I experience now is quickly tired and can not move for long. my question is whether I still have a streptococcal bacterial infection or not? please answer the question because I was confused at this pain that I experienced, thank you 🙏
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Rheumatic fever is a complication of streptococcal bacterial infection. This disease usually causes several symptoms, including fever, joint pain, heart problems, redness rash, and others. To diagnose rheumatic fever, several investigations need to be done, including laboratory blood tests, heart record checks and other examinations.
To determine whether currently still infected with streptococcal bacteria, several checks need to be done, including a complete blood test to determine whether there is infection in the blood or not, which is usually indicated by the level of leukocytes in the blood, in addition to checking the type of blood can also see the value neutrophils which if increased will indicate a bacterial infection.
However, all these tests have not been able to definitely give the results that there are still streptococcal bacterial infections. For the most probable examination to be able to give the results of streptococcal bacterial infection is to do blood culture. We recommend that for examination, diagnosis and further treatment can consult directly with a specialist in internal medicine.
While things you can do at home include:
- Maintain a healthy body by maintaining a healthy, nutritious and timely diet
- maintain personal hygiene and the environment
Get enough rest, sleep 6-8 hours per day
Thus, hopefully useful :)