How is rheumatic fever treated?
Rheumatic fever is usually treated by a 2-prong approach:
- A course of antibiotics is used to treat the group A Streptococcus bacterial infection.
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin are used to treat the body’s fight against itself. If the aspirin does not help, corticosteroids may be prescribed.
Depending on an individual’s particular complications, further treatments may be recommended. Rheumatic fever can recur in affected individuals through their lifetime, so low-dose antibiotics may be prescribed on a long-term basis.