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Will rheumatism be passed on to children? 

Will rheumatism be passed on to children? 


Will rheumatism be passed on to children?   Is rheumatism just rheumatic fever? What is the relationship between rheumatism and genetic, nutritional and other factors? It is said that many people think rheumatism is rheumatic fever.


Is rheumatism just rheumatic fever? What is the relationship between rheumatism and genetic, nutritional and other factors? It is said that many people think rheumatism is rheumatic fever. We believe that strictly speaking rheumatism and rheumatic fever are not exactly the same thing. Rheumatic fever is only one type of rheumatism. Rheumatism has a pathological process of recurrent attacks and chronic development. During this process, carditis and arthritis are the main symptoms, accompanied by fever, toxemia, subcutaneous nodules, annular erythema, chorea and other symptoms, which is called rheumatic fever. We ask Chengdu experts in treating rheumatism to introduce to you in detail whether rheumatism is rheumatic fever, and what is the relationship between rheumatism and factors such as genetics and nutrition.

 

Acute rheumatism often affects children and young people. The first onset is mostly between 5 and 15 years old. The peak age at 7 to 10 years old is the peak age. People under 5 years old rarely get the disease. According to reports by some foreign scholars, only 0.7% of 2324 patients were under 2 years old, and 8.5% were under 5 years old. It is very rare to have the first time after 25 years of age or before 4 years of age. some countries’s Chengdu Children’s Hospital analyzed the age distribution of 1,477 hospitalized patients from 1955 to the end of 1971, and 90% of the cases were over 7 years old. The recurrence of this disease mostly occurs within 3 to 5 years after the initial onset, so it is more common before the age of 25, and the recurrence rate decreases after the age of 25. After the child enters the developmental period, the chance of recurrence is reduced.

Will rheumatism be passed on to children? 

 

More and more data show that genetic factors are extremely closely related to rheumatism.

As early as 1889, someone pointed out that rheumatism often occurs in several members of the same family. Since then, it has also been confirmed that the familial incidence of this disease is relatively high. Children whose parents have suffered from rheumatism have a higher incidence than children whose parents have no rheumatism. Studies on single-egg twins believe that if one of them suffers from rheumatism, there is a 20% chance that the other will also develop the disease. Therefore, after doing a lot of research on patients with rheumatism, some scholars believe that the susceptibility of rheumatism is related to the recessive autosomal gene, but it has not been further confirmed by other scholars. In another study of 40 pairs of twins, only 2 had the same history of rheumatism. Therefore, there is insufficient evidence that rheumatism is related to genetics.

 

Human leukocyte antigen system (HLA), antigens are dominated by genes on the short arm of chromosome 6.

Some people have conducted HLA examinations on patients with rheumatism, which proves that HLA-BW35 is related to the susceptibility of rheumatism. Finns have rheumatism patients with HLA-BW35 in the majority, while British rheumatism patients with HLA-BW15 are in the minority. Therefore, the relationship between rheumatism and HLA type may be related to race.

The relationship between rheumatism and nutrition has been concerned by medical workers and patients with rheumatism for many years. In the past, it was generally believed that diet therapy was not effective for general rheumatism except for gout (such as a low-calorie, low-purine diet) and osteoarthritis (weight reduction). However, it has been found that there may be a certain relationship between diet and the occurrence of rheumatism.

 

A reasonable diet is of great significance for maintaining normal immune function, and nutritional imbalance will affect the function of the immune system. Many studies have also explored the relationship between food allergy and rheumatism, the therapeutic effects of food ingredients (such as fish oil, evening primrose oil) on rheumatism, and the efficacy of food elimination therapy on rheumatism. It is now believed that diet therapy can relieve symptoms for some patients. Certain diets can lead to recurrence or aggravation of rheumatism. However, it has not been proved that special dietary deficiency or lack of a certain nutrient is related to the onset of rheumatism.

Through the above introduction, we have learned that rheumatism and rheumatic fever are not exactly the same thing. 7 to 10 years old is the peak of the age at which rheumatism occurs. Genetic factors are extremely closely related to rheumatism. At present, it has not been proved that the lack of special diet or the lack of certain nutrients is related to the onset of rheumatism. I wish you a speedy recovery!

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