Overcoming Rheumatic Fever That Recurs?
doctor night, I want to ask, 4 years ago the doctor was diagnosed with rheumatic fever, the doctor injected the treatment for 1.5 years, after that the doctor’s ASTO laboratory check was negative, so we didn’t control the doctor anymore. 1 month ago the doctor complained of fever and red rash, and the doctor said he had rheumatic fever again. If the asto is negative, can I stop treatment or continue with the doctor? thank you doctor
Hello sister Wulan,
Rheumatic fever as it is known is a collection of symptoms of immune system disorders due to infection with group A Streptococcus bacteria, generally triggered by strep throat, the immune system in this case recognizes identification marks on the surface of the body's cells and attacks the body's own cells, normally the immune system is formed to fight bacteria the streptococci. Complications of this immune system disorder cause arthritis, inflammation of the heart valves or inflammation of the heart, skin rashes and fever. Examinations that can be performed include blood hematology examination, heart examination with electrocardiogram and echocardiogram, ASTO examination. A positive ASTO examination indicates the presence of streptococcal infection in the body and can last up to about 3-4 months after infection, if a negative result indicates no detection of infection, however, it can be repeated 2-4 weeks after the first examination if symptoms of rheumatic fever begin to recur.
Rheumatic fever treatment itself is aimed at accelerating the healing of bacterial infections with antibiotics, and relieving symptoms such as administering anti-inflammatory drugs and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the inflammatory reaction. Even though ASTO is negative and the symptoms of rheumatic fever improve, the patient is expected to maintain health because it is feared that a relapse will occur, such as: taking immune supplements, controlling for monitoring the improvement of complications in the heart or joints, it is also recommended to take preventive measures by taking antibiotics every month as recommended by the doctor, Control and re-evaluation usually remain until young adulthood around the age of 21 years.
Tips that can be done at home is to avoid fatigue and lack of sleep. eat nutritious food. Use a mask when traveling or if there are sick colleagues/friends around you so you don't get infected easily. Wash your hands regularly to avoid germs. eat food that is kept clean. Regular exercise according to the ability of the body. Hope it is useful
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