Rheumatic fever symptoms | treatment


Rheumatic fever is a systemic infectious disease, which usually occurs after neglected or inadequately treated streptococcal throat inflammation.

Rheumatic fever and streptococcal throat inflammation

Streptococcal infection creates quite a stir in the body, namely after infection the body creates antibodies that attack not only the causes, but also the tissues of its own body, in most cases, joints, heart, kidneys, skin and nervous system, causing inflammation of the affected organs. The disease rarely occurs in children under five and in people over 18, it is more common in males and are subject to it, and those working in cold and humid environment. Rheumatic fever in adults is more common in spring and late autumn, and if it occurs after the age of 25, there is a relapse.

Rheumatic Fever Symptoms

Symptoms of rheumatic fever are usually developed two or three weeks after curing colds or upper respiratory tract infections. From general symptoms fever, rapid heartbeat, fatigue and malaise, loss of appetite and weight loss, sweating, headache, nosebleed and vomiting, and other problems depend on which organ is affected occurs:
  • Migratory polyarthritis - if there is inflammation of joints pain in the knee and ankles appears. In these areas redness, swelling, heat and weakened mobility appears. Inflammation of joints first occurs in one, and then it withdraws and moves on to the other - what is called migrating polyarthritis.
  • Myocarditis is inflammation primarily of the heart muscle, and most common symptoms of myocarditis are nausea, fatigue, fever, cough, chest pain and abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Endocarditis is an inflammation of the heart valves and the inner parts of the heart where the deposited antibodies and platelets are. With time it comes to permanent structural changes in the valves and narrowing of the opening between the heart cavities.
  • Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain, which develops gradually, and it manifests itself through insomnia, nervousness and irritability, and there is uncontrolled urination. Later uncoordinated movements, grimacing, goggle eyes, difficulty in speaking and inability to take food and water appears. However, even at this stage of the disease if adequate therapy starts, symptoms stop altogether. 
  • Subcutaneous rheumatoid nodules - this is rheumatic fever in its most severe form, and indicates poor prognosis. Hard, painless nodules in the joints of the knees, elbows, shoulder blades, back of the head and the protruding parts of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae appear. The best way to prevent development of the disease is high quality and healthy food, boost immunity and prompt treatment of any streptococcal infection.

Rheumatic fever; THERAPY

Treatment of rheumatic fever has three goals:
  • treatment of streptococcal infection and preventing its return,
  • reducing inflammation, especially inflammation of the joints and heart,
  • limiting physical activities that may aggravate the situation in the inflamed tissues and organs.

When it comes to streptococcal pharyngitis, antibiotic therapy is introduced. Also, anti-inflammatory drugs are used in high doses to alleviate inflammation and pain, especially if the joints are attacked. If heavy inflammation of the heart occurs, introduced are corticosteroids. Rest is obligatory in order for inflamed joints (or heart) not to further be burdened.
Rheumatic fever in children

Children who have had rheumatic fever should get monthly injections administered in the form of long acting penicillin, in order to prevent the return of the disease. This is called secondary protection and is implemented in the next five years, or until the age of 18, and if the inflammation affected the heart muscle, it is applied until the age of 40.

Rheumatic fever natural therapy

Tea mixtures
  • Mix 40g of horsetail stems, lady's bedstraw, leaves and flowers of yarrow, spruce berries, chicory and 30 g OF vine leaves, leaves and flowers of hyssop, flower tops of Purple-loosestrife, water lily leaves, sage leaves and 20 g of teucrium stems, bark of oak young leaves of oak and clubmoss
  • In one litre of boiling water put 10 grams of a mixture of herbs, cover and cook for a minute, then remove from heat and leave it to cool covered.
  • Strain and drink one decilitre before and after meals. Drink a tablespoon of cold-pressed olive oil before meals, and after a meal eat a tablespoon of the mixture of equal parts of lemon juice and honey.


Affected joints are lubricated with lukewarm mixture of vegetable oil, grape brandy and a little grated carrot. Wear them all the time, and renew before bedtime. Cover place on the joints continuously for 12 days when it comes to rheumatic fever.


Comfrey is one of the best means against diseases of the joints, and in the event of inflammation it can be used during the day - as tincture of comfrey and evening ointments. Apply the ointment cover with nylon and leave it to spend the night.

Lemonade with rosemary

Prepare it the day before use so that in two litres of boiled water you add a tablespoon of honey, squeeze a lemon and 12 crushed rosemary leaves. The next day, strain it and drink 1 dl in the morning and evening.

Nettle tea against fatigue
  • In 2 dl of boiling water, pour a small spoon of nettle leaf and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and drink in small sips throughout the day.

Nettle tea is taken for a month and in following way: first day 1 cup, 2 cups on the second day, third day 3 cups and so on for seven days. After that, every day, drink one cup less than the previous day. Repeat the procedure and then make a break of two weeks, after which it can again be drunk in the same schedule.


When it comes to rheumatic fever it is definitely recommended to use lemon juice with ginger here is how to prepare it:
  • You need: 1 ginger root; 1 kilo of sugar; 1.5 kilogram of lemons; 2 litres of water.

Ginger root is peeled, chopped into cubes, add 1 kg of sugar, and pour the mixture with 2 litres of water, stir and put to boil. Then allow it to stand for 12 hours, then in the syrup squeeze 1.5 kg of lemon and stir. Syrup is poured into plastic bottles and refrigerated. The juice is consumed like all fruit syrups - diluted with water.

Rheumatic fever NUTRITION

Rheumatic fever forces patients to strengthen the immunity, and requires specific nutrition. If you prevent the further decline of immunity you help the body to fight the infection, while in the diet you must throw out foods that promote inflammation in the body, primarily those of animal origin (meat, eggs, dairy products), and reduce the intake of foods that create acid pH levels: thermally processed foods, white flour, sugar, refined oil, canned and all industrial foods high in trans fats. It is advisable to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, millet, honey, olive oil, almonds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin and consume squeezed juices and teas from herbs. Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effect, and you should increase their intake by taking oil from flax, milled flaxseed, evening primrose oil and trout or mackerel. It certainly must not be forgotten to use garlic and lemons, which are natural antibiotics and are very basic groceries. We recommend that you to read the text alkaline foods.