NO. That is NOT true!!
Damn, i plainly requested that you do a google search and you would learn something. Here. I've done the search for you. here's the first link that popped up.
Research suggests that rheumatic fever is caused by the body’s immunesystem acting inappropriately as a complication of strep throat. The body’s immune cells are unable to distinguish between Group A streptococcus bacteria’s antigens and antigens present on the body’s own cells, resulting in the immune cells attacking the body. However, some people develop rheumatic fever that never had an obvious throat infection and test negative after a throat culture.
Rheumatic fever is an immune response to an infection with group A streptococcus. The same bacteria causes strep throat and scarlet fever. While streptococcal skin infections are fairly common, they have not been linked to rheumatic fever.
Rheumatic fever is most prevalent in school-age children who are 5 to 15 years old. It is seen most often in the cold winter months when strep throat is also most common. Rheumatic fever may also occur in adults. It is seen with equal frequency in men and women. However, women with rheumatic fever are more likely to develop Sydenham chorea and mitral valve prolapse
to answer your question, i have no medical credentials. But apparently, even if i had one it wouldn't guarantee that i'd stick with the things i was actually trained in.
that's why others have advised you to chill out on the excessive commentary as well. I was trying to help stop the spread of misinformation which is something that you apparently are going to keep right on doing anyways.
Richard_smoker added 40 Minutes and 16 Seconds later...
listen man, i apologize if my words were harsh.
i didn't intend to start a flame war. it's just that we have a very high standard here and that's why we appreciate when people use sources until their credibility has been established...and even then, sources are often necessary & always helpful.
but you're right about the 3% risk. the fact is that even if the sore throat resolves spontaneously, they still have that 3% risk. which is actually QUITE high...especially when you consider that the chances of a man catching HIV from having unprotected sex one time with an AIDS patient is less than 1/3 of the same risk!
try talking someone down from worrying about getting an HIV test when they find out someone they just had unprotected sex with has AIDS!
If you're an EMT then you really have no business claiming to be an expert in medicine. I'm sorry if that is a blow to your ego, but EMTs are not experts in medicine. If your claims are credible, and we have no reason to doubt you, then you are an expert in field cardiopulmonary resuscitation and i imagine you can probably start one hell of an iv... and i'm sure you teach classes on CPR and ACLS, but that doesn't constitute a suitable replacement for the medical training that one finds in medical school
, for example.
For one thing, your experience is limited to patients who seek emergency care after having called 911... as you can imagine, this is hardly representative of the adult population. In fact, it limits you to only 2 patient groups:
- those who are so sick that they require an ambulance for immediate management or
- they are so limited in options that they call 911 because of poor circumstances
- no car, no friend or family member with a car, psychiatric disorders, extreme anxiety, and drug overdoses that are severe enough to require your services.
Perhaps your job duties have colored your view of 'drug-users'... Perhaps you should consider the possibility that this community might be aware of your biases toward other members of the forum.
There are plenty of areas where your input would be extremely appropriate, but please limit your advice to answering questions to which you actually are specifically trained to respond. You might find a more favorable reaction to your attempts to help those who you might be legitimately worried about by including a small statement of your credentials (i.e. "I am an EMT in the U.S.
") or just give a specific example of your experience with a given disease.
One thing that you may have noticed about this site which should be old hat for anyone in the medical field is that this community responds quite favorably to literary journal references. We actually have one of the largest online collections of relevant journal entries in the world right here on this site!
So, until your credibility has been solidified, I suggest citing sources like the ones we have on this site in regard to drug-information and you can cite the New England Journal of Medicine or another peer-reviewed journal, i.e. JAMA to back up any opinions or advice that pertains to a general medical issue.
sorry for getting off topic. let's return to the topic.