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The following are the most common symptoms for rheumatic fever; however, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms, which vary greatly, typically begin one to six weeks after a bout of strep throat, although, in some cases, the infection may have been too mild to have been recognized.
Symptoms may include:
Swollen, tender, red and extremely painful joints - particularly the knees, ankles, elbows, or wrists
Nodules over swollen joints
Red, raised, lattice-like rash, usually on the chest, back, and abdomen
Uncontrolled movements of arms, legs, or facial muscles
Weakness and shortness of breath
The symptoms of rheumatic fever may resemble other bone disorders or medical problems. Consult your physician for a diagnosis.