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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

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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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 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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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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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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Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Not entirely: Rmsf is caused by an organism called rickettsia rickettsiae and transmitted to humans by tick bite (several different ticks). It is most common in the southeastern usa and presents with rash on the extremities gradually progressing centrally, accompanied by fever, malaise, headaches, muscle aches. Easily treated with antibiotics when suspected. ...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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Rocky mountain spotted fever only in the rocky mountains?

Misnomer: Most cases these days actually in east usa.
60% of cases are in north carolina, oklahoma, arkansas, tennessee, and missouri. Rmsf occurs in both north and south america and is on the rise. 3000 cases maximum a year. Carried by wood tick in the west, dog tick in the east. Rash helpful to diagnose but not always present. Diagnose early to avoid serious consequences. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Rocky mountain spotted fever?

What is the definition or description of: Rocky mountain spotted fever?

RMSF: Rocky Mountain spotted fever is usually caused when a person is bit by a tick carrying a pathogen called Rickettsia rickettsii. It may take 1 to 2 weeks for symptoms/ signs to appear. There is often a red rash which does not itch. It usually begins on ankles or wrists & can spread both up & down. Other symptoms can include: nausea/ vomiting, headache, muscle pain, high fever, chills & insomnia. ...Read more

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Have there been cases of rocky mountain spotted fever in upper michigan or ne wisconsin?

Have there been cases of rocky mountain spotted fever in upper michigan or ne wisconsin?

Not that I know: Ask your local board of health since rocky mountain spotted fever is usually reported to the health authorities. ...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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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?

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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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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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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Last year I was diagnosed with Mono and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever at the same time. I am still having issues, is this normal?

Last year I was diagnosed with Mono and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever at the same time. I am still having issues, is this normal?

Doesn't seem right: It seems highly unusual to have two infections like this at the same time. Besides, if you're still having issues now -then you need further evaluation. There's nothing wrong with a second opinion. Infectious Diseases doctors are actually well suited to try and figure these problems out. I'd ask for a referral from your primary. Hope you can get some answers and then get on a path to wellness. ...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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What does a bite look like from a tick carrying rocky mountain spotted fever?

Can't tell from bite: The dermacentor bite cannot be distinguished from other tick bites. ...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

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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