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How does one test for rocky mountain spotted fever?

How does one  test for rocky mountain spotted fever?

Blood tests: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite (usually feeding > several hrs). Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14d range). Treatment is with doxycycline, which is started if rmsf is suspected. Lab tests can confirm the disease later, after treatment has begun. ...Read more

Dr. John Sheehy
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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Definition)

A disease caused by a specific bacteria carried by ticks. The bacteria infect people through tick bites. Common symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, and a characteristic rash that appears a few days after the fever. Antibiotics are usually ...Read more


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Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

Yes: Rocky mountain spotted fever is a bacterial infection that causes damage throughout the body, including the central nervous system (brain and nerves). If untreated, it can lead to symptoms of nerve damage, brain damage, and sometimes coma and death. ...Read more

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Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

A few people do die: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite. Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14day range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels throughout the body, causing multi-organ damage and sometimes death. Death rate is uncertain, but may be about one out of 30 patients. Some patients do worse than others. ...Read more

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How does your heart get affected by rocky mountain spotted fever?

How does your heart get affected by rocky mountain spotted fever?

Germ damages organs: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite. The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels in the body, causing multi-organ damage and maybe death. Many organs including the heart are damaged because damaged blood vessels disrupt the circulation in the vital organs, and damaged or dead cells lead to inflammation in organs. ...Read more

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Test positive rocky mountain spotted fever, parvovirus, toxoplasmosis. Achy, tired all the time take pain meds, allergic to antibiotic. More ideas?

Test positive rocky mountain spotted fever, parvovirus, toxoplasmosis.  Achy, tired all the time take pain meds, allergic to antibiotic. More ideas?

See below: Are all these tests showing positives for acute disease or old disease? If new, you need treatment for rmsf and likely toxo. Parvovirus will usually resolve without sequela with supportive care. As for allergies to antibiotics, this can be tested for and determine if true or not. Either way, rmsf can be deadly - seek care if it is acute. ...Read more

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Switched to doxycycline for possible rocky mountain spooted fever symtoms- tick bite was end of april. is it to late if I start doxy 2mrrw for 10 days?

Switched to doxycycline for possible rocky mountain spooted fever symtoms- tick bite was end of april. is it to late if I start doxy 2mrrw for 10 days?

The big unknown: Doxy is best started per recommendations of the CDC and others within the first 5 days of infection. The benefits of delayed treatment in the post-acute stages are unclear. Not alot of literature or research that I've ever found on delayed treatment. The RMSF antibody titers may give your doctor some guidance. ...Read more

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How long does the initial fever w/ lymes disease last?

How long does the initial fever w/ lymes disease last?

Lyme disease: Fever from lyme disease starts from 2 days after the tick bite to a few weeks . It usually starts with mild fever , fatigue, headache, muscle joint pains and at times swollen glands and a bulls -eye rash ( red rash with a central clear area) . These are early stage features and short . Not every one will have a fever. Lots of other symtoms develop once early stage clears. ...Read more

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Tick bite two times in two months. No symptoms other than the spot itching once and never again. Had Rocky Mountain spotted fever once 25 years ago.

Tick bite two times in two months. No symptoms other than the spot itching once and never again. 

Had Rocky Mountain spotted fever once 25 years ago.

Tick bite: If it was a tick you could easily see - unlikely it was a deer tick. If you have not had any other symptoms likely a benign tick bite. and nothing to worry about. You might want to get a lymes disease titer just to be sure. bu Ok is usually not a hot bed of deer tick and Lyme actvity. good luck ...Read more

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How long does a dengue fever last?

How long does a dengue fever last?

Duration: Most often dengue acute sx last 7 to10 days. Usually there is full recovery within a month. If you had dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome recovery can be longer depending on complications. ...Read more

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Does fever necessarily come after pentavac vaccination? My child has not fever though three hours after vaccination has passed. Please answer me.

Does fever necessarily come after pentavac vaccination? My child has not fever though three hours after vaccination has passed. Please answer me.

Not necessarily: I have many that never have fevers with their vaccinations. Consider it a benefit of years of research to purify and improve them. This was not true in the early 80's. ...Read more

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How much time can dengue IgM test be positive, m I still sick with dengue IgM positive?

Dengue IgM: The dengue IgM antibody can remain positive for up to 3 months following infection, so having an elevated IgM level after recovery from the acute febrile illness does not necessarily mean that you are still infected with the virus. ...Read more

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How long does it take for body/immune system to get to normal after c. Diff? Get belly aches now & then. Nausea. Been 80days. Free. Tested 7x neg

How long does it take for body/immune system to get to normal after c. Diff? Get belly aches now & then. Nausea. Been 80days. Free. Tested 7x neg

Varies: Sounds like something else may be going on and should be re-evaluated by your doctor. One thing you might try is reconstitution of normal bowel flora with probiotics or cultured unpasteurized yogurt. Hope this improves soon and you are back to normal. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more