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What does a bite look like from a tick carrying rocky mountain spotted fever?

What does a bite look like from a tick carrying rocky mountain spotted fever?

Wrist forearm ankle: If infected by the rocky mountain spotted fever bacteria, after 1-2 weeks, a person can get fever & flu-like symptoms. A rash of blanching, pink, non-itchy spots starts on the wrists, forearms, and ankles about 2-5 days after the fever starts. These pink spots eventually become raised bumps. About 6 days after fever began, a rash of petechiae (small blood spots) starts on the palms and soles. ...Read more

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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 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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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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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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