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Dr. John Sheehy
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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Overview)

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 the treatment of choice.


Dr. John Sheehy
71 doctors shared insights

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Overview)

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 the treatment of choice.


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How does rocky mountain spotted fever spread?

How does rocky mountain spotted fever spread?

By a tick bite: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite (feeding > several hrs). Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14d range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels in the body, causing multi-organ damage and maybe death. Very rarely, rmsf can be transmitted by a blood transfusion or accidental exposure in an infectious disease lab. ...Read more

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Treating a Fever (Checklist)

Don't panic! Most fevers is uncomfortable, but harmless.
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Take the appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen
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Try cool compresses -- they may be soothing
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See your doctor if your fever is higher than 102 for more than 2 days
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What are the cpmmon symptoms of rocky mountain spotted fever?

What are the cpmmon symptoms of rocky mountain spotted fever?

Fever and rash: Fever and a rash (the spots of rocky mountain spotted fever) followed by low blood pressure and bleeding are some of the symptoms a person can have. ...Read more

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My mother is suffering severally with rocky mountain spotted fever with no signs of improvement. Becoming hopeless. What to do?

My mother is suffering severally with rocky mountain spotted fever with no signs of improvement. Becoming hopeless. What to do?

She needs to be: Closely monitored by her primary physician and infectious disease specialist. Check out these links. May god bless you both! http://m.naturalnews.com/news/035530_immune_system_herbs_spices.html. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rocky-mountain-spotted-fever/ds00600. ...Read more

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Managing Hay Fever (Checklist)

Avoid heavy pollen areas
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Use air conditioners during pollen season
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If necessary, use a non-sedating antihistamine
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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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What are the tests for rocky mountain spotted fever?

What are the tests for rocky mountain spotted fever?

Clinical: There isn't a reliable test earlier in the disease. Later skin biopsy & serology can confirm it diagnosis is based symptoms & probability from local prevalence. Signs & symptoms include fever, ha, joint & muscle pains +/- n/v . A maculopapular rash occurs (90% of time) between the third & fifth days of illness usually starting on the ankles. It is critical you're seen early if you suspect it. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have rocky mountain spotted fever?

What does it mean to have rocky mountain spotted fever?

Rocky Mountain Fever: Rocky mountain spotted fever is caused by rickettsia rickettsii (r. Rickettsii), which is carried by ticks. The bacteria spread to humans through a tick bite. In the western United States, the bacteria are carried by the wood tick, and in the eastern U.S. They are carried by the dog tick. Other ticks spread the infection in the southern U.S. And in central and south america. ...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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3 yrs ago I was treated bcuz my doctor thought I had rocky mountain spotted fever..Now my liver is enlarged and enzymes normal could this be caused f?

3 yrs ago I was treated bcuz my doctor thought I had rocky mountain spotted fever..Now my liver is enlarged and enzymes  normal could this be caused f?

Rocky mtn fever: Rocky mountain spotted fever is an acute infection due to a bacterium. It can lead to serious side effects if not treated. If adequately treated, you would not expect any long-term adverse effects, particularly after 3 years.. The germ has been eliminated, and your body goes back to normal. You will have to look for another cause for your liver enlargement. ...Read more

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I am being treated for rocky mountain spotted fever. Now I have horrible acne...Is this from the bacteria? I have never had acne in my life.

I am being treated for rocky mountain spotted fever.  Now I have horrible acne...Is this from the bacteria? I have never had acne in my life.

Any other meds?: Usually rmsf is treated with antibiotics like Doxycycline which is actually helpful for acne. If there was any corticosteroid like Prednisone added to the treatment, that may cause acne breakouts. Usually those are monomorphous red pustules on face, chest & back. They will either subside by themselves after finishing steroids or will just need a topical antibiotic lotion. Please see dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the tests for rocky mountain spotted fever?

Clinical: There isn't a reliable test earlier in the disease. Later skin biopsy & serology can confirm it diagnosis is based symptoms & probability from local prevalence. Signs & symptoms include fever, ha, joint & muscle pains +/- n/v . A maculopapular rash occurs (90% of time) between the third & fifth days of illness usually starting on the ankles. It is critical you're seen early if you suspect it. ...Read more

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What are the cpmmon symptoms of rocky mountain spotted fever?

Fever and rash: Fever and a rash (the spots of rocky mountain spotted fever) followed by low blood pressure and bleeding are some of the symptoms a person can have. ...Read more

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Is rocky mountain spotted fever contagious?

Is rocky mountain spotted fever contagious?

Only by tick bites: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite (feeding > several hrs). Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14d range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels in the body, causing multi-organ damage and maybe death. Very rarely, rmsf can be transmitted by a blood transfusion or accidental exposure in an infectious disease lab. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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