What are the Signs and
Symptoms of FMF?

Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is marked by recurrent attacks, also known as flares. Flares can happen at any time and can last anywhere from a few hours to 3 days.

FMF can cause a wide range of symptoms that can vary from patient to patient. You can use the symptom tracker to keep track of all of your child's FMF symptoms, which may include:

Fever

Fever

Abdominal and/or Chest Pain

Abdominal and/or
Chest Pain

Joint Inflammation

Joint Inflammation

Rash

Rash

Only a physician can diagnose FMF, so be sure to talk to a doctor about all of the signs and symptoms that your child is experiencing.

As a caregiver, it may not be easy to recognize all of the symptoms of FMF. But it's good to have an idea of what certain symptoms, like rash, can look like:

Patient with FMF rash

Patient with typical FMF rash.

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Children may fail to tell you about their pain, and some begin experiencing this pain so early in life that they actually think their pain is normal. It is important to notice when your child is hurting.

This can be a challenge, especially if your child cannot explain things very well yet. Check for crying, facial expressions, agitation, and level of ability to be consoled. You can also keep track of all of your child's signs and symptoms by using the symptom tracker.

Next: Managing FMF