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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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Dr. John Sheehy
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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Definition)

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is 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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Could someone get rocky mountain spotted fever from a dog?

Could someone get rocky mountain spotted fever from a dog?

RMSF from ticks: Rocky Mountain spotted fever occurs in virtually every state of the U.S. It's actually quite a dangerous disease transmitted by ticks. Certainly a dog could carry a tick (Dermacentor species) that carry the bacteria. Early symptoms of RMSF are non-specific and include fever, nausea/vomiting, headache, feeling 'wiped out' etc. Only later does the rash come out - if feeling sick, see a doc. ...Read more

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I'm looking for information on how to deal with chronic Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Is there such a thing?

I'm looking for information on how to deal with chronic Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Is there such a thing?

Antibiotic: Rocky Mount spotted fever is caused by spirochete microorganism, Rickettsia rickettsii, tickborne, if not treated can lead to abnormal liver enzyme, bone marrow suppression, chronic joint pain, petechial rash or other autoimmune mediated rheumatologic condition, such as seronegative spondyloarthropathy. The treatment of Rocky Mount spotted fever involves oral tetracycline derivative antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can rocky mountain spotted fever be transmitted by semen?

Can rocky mountain spotted fever be transmitted by semen?

It's transmitted: By tick bites, and i've never heard on anyone with ticks in their ejaculate. Sounds like a good b-grade horror movie -- in the genre of "snakes on a plane". ...Read more

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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

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I'm planning to donate a kidney to a friend, but had rocky mountain spotted fever as a child. Will this make my antigens unsuitable?

I'm planning to donate a kidney to a friend, but had rocky mountain spotted fever as a child. Will this make my antigens unsuitable?

No.: An infectious disease won't make your hla antigens unsuitable. But any infectious disease has the possibility of transmission from the donor to the recipient. While unlikely in your case, you should discuss this with your transplant team and an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more