Patient Comments: Scarlet Fever - Long-Term Effects


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Comment from: Jen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I had scarlet fever as a baby. Now in my late 60s I have been diagnosed with a heart murmur and I have begun to notice arthritis. I don't know if these are connected with the scarlet fever which I had in the early 1950s. I don't know how it was treated, but I heard from my parents that they were really, really worried about it.

Comment from: Heart to Heart , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had scarlet fever when I was 2 weeks old. At that time, there was no treatment for this disease. When I was 40 years old, my doctor discovered I had a heart murmur. At age 63, I had triple heart valve replacement surgery. My aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves were replaced with biological valves. Unfortunately, four years later, 2 of these valves are leaking and the other is too large. Every 6 months I have follow up exams with my cardiologist.

Comment from: laura, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I was diagnosed with scarlet fever at the age of 12 years old. Later I developed rheumatic heart disease. My mitral valve was infected and had to be removed due to mitral valve disease. I have more control over my right side than left side. I now have a mechanical heart valve. The doctors never treated the developing rheumatic fever. I did not find out until years later.

Comment from: James, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

I had scarlet fever when I was ten and it lasted for weeks. I was very ill, with vomiting, fevers, and rash, and had very bad hallucinations and nightmares. I think it might have caused a dissociative disorder and I have also suffered from hypnic movements/jerks for all my adult life. I think it is perhaps connected to scarlet fever.

Comment from: Nathan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I had scarlet fever as a 5 year old. I ran an extremely high fever to the point I almost died as a child when I’d get sick and run a fever. I’d hallucinate to the point I’d run from things as if things were so real, mixed with reality. My parents would stay up all night when I’d get sick to make sure to be next to me If I got a fever because it was dangerous for me, and make sure I wouldn’t jump out a window or something extreme ( true story). I almost did at age 14 when I was being chased in my dream of reality. To this day, at age 45, if I get sick for any reason and get a fever I go into real life moment of hallucinations and I could hurt myself not even knowing what I am doing. As a child the doctors told my parents this could because of my scarlet fever. I have always wondered if it is possible that the scarlet fever (cooked) something in my brain that is triggered when I get fevers to this day. When I am sick it is a dangerous thing for me and has been since the age of 5.

Comment from: george washington, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: February 13

I am 75, and scarlet fever occurred in my heyday. I am wondering why this disease is coming back.

Comment from: Ionian, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I had scarlet fever when I was about 4 years old. I will always believe that was what caused my spleen to go bad at the age of 29 when out of the blue I nearly died from a vastly enlarged spleen, weighing 5 pounds when it was removed. I was very anemic all my teen years and throughout my adult-hood. I believe it was all caused by the scarlet fever. After the splenectomy I have been relatively healthy although at the age of 65 I had my first heart attack and bypass surgery. The doctors had no other explanation for the failure of the spleen. The scarlet fever followed bouts of chicken pox and mumps at that same age of 4 years old.

Comment from: BJBart, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

Veterans Affairs says my degenerative joint disease is from having scarlet fever when I was 7 years old. I was first diagnosed with degenerative joint disease 4 years ago when I was 61 years old. I was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam in 1969.

Comment from: Tony, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I had scarlet fever when I was real young and my doctors say it is the cause of my heart murmur and could have been some of the cause of my kidney problems, so there are long term effects, just not everyone has them.

Comment from: Debbie2667, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

At the age of 7 I was diagnosed with a textbook case of scarlet fever. I was running a fever, had nausea and vomiting, a sore throat, and a rough red rash on my stomach. I was given a shot of penicillin and that took care of the problem. However, I wonder if my bout of scarlet fever may be the cause of the widespread arthritis I have suffered with since age 27, which doctors now call seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.


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Comment from: Amyjo, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 26

My daughter is 5 and started with a low grade fever (under 101 degrees), then days later started her rash. We thought it was a dermatitis due to a change in bath soap. After 4 days of rash we went to the doctor. Strep throat test positive, scarlet fever. The rash covers her trunk and neck, upper arms and legs and hasn't improved at all in 9 days.


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