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Parents to look out for Rheumatic fever symptoms

12:23 Fri Sep 14, 2018


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Kelly Vacala

Poor dental and skin hygiene together with throat infections are some of the main starting symptoms of Rheumatic fever in children.

Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation Cardiac Surgeon, Dr Parma Nand says rheumatic fever is a serious illness.

Dr. Nand says without treatment, some sore throats can cause rheumatic fever which can lead to heart damage.

“Once you get this infection, skin infection or throat infection – the body overreacts with forming anti-bodies and these anti-bodies tend to attack the heart or parts of the heart but obviously if it affects the valves then the valves get damaged. And once valves get damaged then patients become symptomatic, they become palpitation and they get tired easily, shortness of breath, they’re unable to do normal chores and have very low exercise tolerance.”

Other symptoms of rheumatic fever in children include small and painless nodules under the skin, chest pain, rapid fluttering or pounding chest palpitations, fatigue, nosebleeds, stomach pain, painful or sore joints in the wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles.

Parents are urged to look out for these symptoms in their children and to seek immediate medical attention.



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