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.
Fever & headache. Only 1/2 recall a tick bite; sudden onset fever and headache, chills, muscle aches-usually w/in 2 days after a tick bite but can be as long as 14 days. If no bite recalled, recent hiking or exposure to ticks is important. 1st symptoms are vague & patient may return a few times before rash points to diagnosis. Rash 1st on wrists/ankles as spots then spreads. 30% though have no rash-so always think!

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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. 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...

Prognosis for rocky mountain spotted fever

Depends. If treated with proper antibiotics in first 5 days of infection, prognosis is excellent for most. Delayed treatment severely increases risk of badness due to the damage to your small blood vessels. It is the most serious tick-borne illness the the USA. Oklahoma (no Rockies !) has the highest rates. Use DEET!!! Read more...

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...
Tick Bites. The bacteria is rickettsia rickettsii and carried by ticks which spread it when they bite. Crushing a tick attached to a pet can also transit the bacteria into you. In the west the ticks are carried by wood ticks and in the east they are carried by dog ticks. Only 1/1000 ticks carry the bacteria and usually the bacteria seems to transmit only when the tick been attached to you for over 20 hours. Read more...

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...
If treatment begins. Within several days, mortality is quite low but deaths certainly do occur when the infection is not recognized quickly. Read more...

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...

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...

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...