Rheumatic fever symptoms do not remain same for all and may vary from person to person. These symptoms usually develop within 2-3 weeks after strep throat infection manifests. The symptoms include the following.

  • Painful joints or arthritis
  • Fever with a temperature above 101F
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty in breathing


Treating the rheumatic fever involves completely getting rid of the traces of the Group A Streptococcal bacterium, treating the symptoms and controlling the inflammation. It includes the following

Anti-inflammatory treatment:

Anti-inflammatory treatment includes the prescription of pain relievers like aspirin or naproxen to relieve the pain, break the fever and reduce the inflammation. If the patient does not respond to the medication, the doctor might recommend corticosteroids.

Antibiotics: You will be treated with antibiotics like penicillin to destroy all the traces of the strep bacteria. This antibiotics medication may continue for 5 years to prevent the recurrence of rheumatic fever. In case of a damage to the heart, the doctor will recommend antibiotics medication for 10 years or longer