FAQ - Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
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Common name Rocky mountain spotted fever?


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It's also knows as "tick typhus". I work for a health video website called http://icyou.com. Here is a link to a video on our site that talks about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever if you'd like more info:

http://www.icyou.com/topics/diseases-conditions/rockey-mountain-spotted-fever+

Hope this helps!~  (+ info)

rocky mountain spotted fever? what is it?


HAS ANYONE EVER HAD THIS? HOW SERIOUS IS IT?
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Its a bacterial disease spread by ticks... the "rocky mountain" is a misnomer... its not only found in the rockies area of the US...

"Rocky Mountain spotted fever remains a serious and potentially life-threatening infectious disease today. Despite the availability of effective treatment and advances in medical care, approximately 3% to 5% of individuals who become ill with Rocky Mountain spotted fever still die from the infection. However, effective antibiotic therapy has dramatically reduced the number of deaths caused by Rocky Mountain spotted fever; before the discovery of tetracycline and chloramphenicol in the late 1940s, as many as 30% of persons infected with R. rickettsii died."

That paragraph from its wikipedia article describes its mortality rate - 3-5%.  (+ info)

Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton Montana developed the vaccine for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever .?


In the 1950's vaccinations were given at the grade school in Victor, Montana. Is this vaccination still available? My email address is: ysengr@yahoo.com
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In the 1950's in the heyday of success for preventing polio with vaccines, there was a pretty lax regulatory environment for vaccines. In those days, you could grow rickettsia in chicken embryos, kill them, grind and inject. Those days are gone. Higher safety standards for vaccines means ther ei scurrently NO available vaccine for rocky mountain spotted fever.

Instead, teh biotech/capital venture approach is being taken and vaccines are being developed using recombinant technology, expressing a surface rptein of the rickettsia in a baculovirus and purifying the protein for injection. No one knows whether this will work.  (+ info)

Can Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever come back after you already had it?


I'm 18 years old I had rmsf about 2 years ago. I had went hunting with my Dad around Thanksgiving somewhere in there. I got the rash first and we thought that it was red bugs, I took a bath in bleach everything we could think of but it never went away. A couple of weeks later I started getting really sick like I had a bad case of the flu. Everything hurt I could not stop itching my body the rash was everywhere sometimes I would scratch so bad that it would start bleeding. I finally went to the doctor about two three months later when one day I had a really bad headach and something popped inside my head and my nose started bleeding. They diagnosed me right away with rmsf. I live in a very small town and the doctor I went to has only heard of 6 casses in mississippi since he became a doctor. It took me a year to get completely better cause we caught it early. But, now I am gettng the same rash I had when I first started getting the symptomes the first time I have a rash down both my arms all over my stomach and my legs like it was the first time. I was wondering if it could come back or something I don't know if it can or not but it's the same rash I had when I first got the rmsf 2 years ago. I'm just wondering if it can come back, if any one can help me please let me know thanks
First of all I was treated for rmsf the doctor said there are many different signs and ways it can show up, and I was treated for it and I got better with the meds they gave me so yeah I dont know what your talking about but I know for a fact I had rmsf.
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wow - in the first place, you clearly did NOT have RMSF 2 years ago. There are so many things that disprove this diagnosis, it is difficult to know where to start to list them.

second, NO, even if you had RMSF, it does not come back. Once you are treated you are cured.

So NO - YOU DO NOT HAVE RMSF now, because you never even had it in the first place.

This information is not secret. You can be reading for days if you just google it -- I would always suggest you get the most reliable information from http://www.cdc.gov - go there if you don't believe me. But this is my job, and I've treated many cases of RMSF, so I know what it looks like first hand. Here are a BRIEF list of reasons why you most definitely did NOT have RMSF.

1. the rash in RMSF NEVER itches !!!!! I mean NEVER.
2. the rash is NEVER the first finding - it appears after 3 days of high fever.
3. in untreated cases, you would be dead in 8 days. It is impossible to theorize that somehow ;you had a rash for 3 MONTHS before someone diagnosed it as RMSF.
4. the rash would not involve the stomach. you indicate that it was present on you stomach and legs even the first time. RMSF does no do this -- it presents with a rash on the wrists, ankles, palms and soles. you really would not see it on the stomach except in the most extreme cases, just before death.

I could go on further, but I think I've made my point.

You were misdiagnosed the first time. The reason you have a recurrence now is because you never got a proper diagnosis the first time. I have no suspicion that you have any infection -- you would probably be better served by seeing a dermatologist.

But if you wish, you can see an infectious disease specialist as well - I'm sure they will be able to reassure you that this has nothing to do with RMSF, and nothing to do with a germ.

good luck to you !
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Why would Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever show up in my blood work....?


... to my knowledge I've never had RMSF. So I don't understand why it is showing up in my blood work. I've never had the rash that you usually get or anything like that. I have a history of Fibromyalgia and so my doctors were just doing all kinds of blood work and it showed up. I went to a disease specialist and he said that there is some kind of disease in my body causing it to show up, but what diseases could it be? And could the symptoms of those diseases be misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia? I go back to my disease specialist in 2 weeks because we just did more bloodwork for him to analyze, but I am just curious as to what is going on with my body, and I really don't want to wait 2 weeks before I get more info about this.
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Hi,

What are your symptoms?

IF it might help, let me say that although I have seen that most root problems for 'skin' 'pain' issues for myself and others has usually been from long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I think the worst rash one might possibly have rapidly acquired is from deadly bacterial meningitis, but bacterial meningitis would be very rare.

The two quotes below are from: <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacterial_Meningitis <>

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“IF a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash.”
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“The MOST common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light (photophobia) or loud noises (phonophobia). SOMETIMES, especially in small children, only nonspecific symptoms may be present, such as irritability and drowsiness.”
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For further details see: <> http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html <>

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For further information on itch rash illnesses and for long term solutions TO THEM ALL - the following link has considerable info within a ‘report’ I recently posted:

<> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091113104039AAbnGet <>

I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful malady in the future.

My best to you and yours,

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Anyone know of someone DX with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and antiboitic treatments didn't work?


I was diagnosed last August and have been on several rounds of antibiotics but I am still sick. I get random infections that can't be explained. White count goes through the roof. Joint pain, extreme fatigue and am pretty much Dependant on pain medications to get through a day.This has been going on for quite some time now and nobody can find out exactly what's happening. The Infectious Disease MD was not interested in the RMSF, the neurologist found it but released me with oral antibiotics. I'm just not getting better. I had a good month and a 1/2 after having serious antibiotics (oral and IV) for about a month but I've gone back downhill since coming off them.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Thank you Ken..you provided great info.
I just don't know where to go next. I have seen 2 Rheumatologists and 1 infectious disease MD who said "I'm not too impressed with the RMSF" and just released me once the rest of my blood work came back Ok (Igg, Iga subclasses, HIV, etc)The 2nd ID MD would not even sch an appt for nearly 2 months so they were not worried about it either! The neuro who found it did 2 rounds of oral doxy and the IV antibiotics have been for the other Random infections that no one can explain..the scary thing is this all started about 3 years ago.I was perfectly healthy and actually on a dance team. I went from that to barley getting around and using a can to walk many days. I never saw a tick and my western blot comes back negative.The number (or level) on my RMSF test has not changed at all through either of the antibiotic rounds. Should it go down or "away" after treatment or will it always be there since I had it? Thanks so much!
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I am troubled by what sounds like apathy by your doctors. If it were me, I would seek out a new doctor for a fresh start but continue on the medication.

RMSF has a very favorable cure and response rate if treatment, including proper removal of the infected tick, commences within 5 days or less of developing symptoms. The longer it goes beyond 5 days, the greater the probability of spreading and the worse the treatment response. Antibiotics such as doxycycline or tetracycline, are used to kill the infection.

Without prompt treatment, RMSF can progress rapidly and may cause serious illness. The infection spreads via the bloodstream and serious complications involving the joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, and central and peripheral nervous system can occur. Among these are:

Heart, lung or kidney failure
An infection of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
Brain damage
Problems with blood clotting
Shock
In a small percentage of cases, Rocky Mountain spotted fever causes death, usually because treatment is delayed or is never sought. This happens in under 2% of patients.
I show you all this just to emphasize the importance of your doctors taking this seriously and treating it aggressively. The degree of your suffering as described is unacceptable. Good luck.  (+ info)

What is the coccobacillus bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?


I'm not a science student, but here I could get some details for u. Hope this is useful.  (+ info)

will a child with rocky mountin spotted fever age 7 have different symptomsthan a adult?


fever 104 every other day or 2 for last 8mon.stomach pain low white bloode cells and rash doctors dont have answers and thats what they are checking for now
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u miiiiight wanna contact the CDC (center for disease control) abt this... i think this was basically eradicated....  (+ info)

10 points! guys somebody give me sources of "Rocky Mountain Spoyted Fever"?


4 sources of rocky mountain spotted fever
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountain_spotted_fever


Treating Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Doctors usually diagnose Rocky Mountain spotted fever based on enough symptoms to indicate infection. Test results for RMSF can take a while to be sent to the doctor, so treatment often starts before the results are available.

RMSF is typically treated with oral or IV antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection. Complications may require prolonged treatment.

Untreated, RMSF can lead to serious health problems, so it's important to call your doctor promptly if you notice any symptoms of RMSF, such as:

high fever
headache
chills
muscle aches
red eyes
rash
Without antibiotic treatment, RMSF can lead to health problems that involve the heart, lungs, and brain. In the most severe case, it can be fatal.

If your child is recovering from RMSF at home, follow the doctor's instructions for giving antibiotics. Allow your child to rest in bed until the fever and other symptoms are gone.  (+ info)

My son got bit by 2 rocky mountain ticks. How likely is it that he wlll get the fever?


Damn, don't ask us, be responsible and take him to a doctor  (+ info)

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