Donald R. Mintz MD FRCSC


Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever results from an infection caused by certain strains of streptococcal bacteria and may be triggered by a strep infection (most often strep throat) that has not been treated. Proper treatment of strep infection can prevent rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever affects the joints and heart, causing symptoms…

Strep Throat

Discusses strep throat, an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by bacteria. Covers symptoms like sore throat and fever. Includes info on rapid strep test and throat culture. Covers treatment with medicines and surgery (tonsillectomy).

Laryngitis

What is laryngitis? Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx (say “LAIR-inks”), that causes your voice to become raspy or hoarse. Laryngitis can be short-term or long-lasting (chronic). Most of the time, it comes on quickly and lasts no more than 2 weeks. Chronic symptoms are those that last 2 weeks or…

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic heart disease is inflammation and damage to the heart muscle and heart valves that develop as a result of rheumatic fever. A strep throat infection that is not properly treated can trigger rheumatic fever. Not all people who have rheumatic fever develop rheumatic heart disease. But any heart damage that occurs…

Saline Nasal Sprays and Nose Drops

Nonprescription saline nasal sprays and nose drops are used to keep nasal tissues moist, relieve nasal irritation, and help thick or dried mucus to drain. Saline nose drops can be purchased without a prescription or can be made easily at home. To make your own nose drops: Mix ½ tsp (2.5 g) salt and ½ tsp (2.5 g) baking…