Scarlet fever vs rheumatic fever

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Hi Karonnie, Intersting question. The text books talk about recurrent rheumatic fever and antibic phrophylaxis, but I have never seen a case of recurrent RF. It is true that people who have had it are at risk for recurrence and should take antibiotics. An acutely elevated ASO titre would suggest a recurrence. If you have a significant sore throat, you should take antibiotics prophalaxis anyway. There are some rheumatoligic conditions that cause similar symptoms (minus the chorea).
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