FAQ - Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
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What are the symptoms of Rocky mountain spotted yellow fever?

I know ticks carry them and i had one on my neck yesterday.

Initial symptoms may include:

severe headache
muscle pain
lack of appetite
Later signs and symptoms include:

petechial rash
abdominal pain
joint pain


The signs and symptoms of RMSF may follow within 1 to 14 days of a tick bite. But in many cases, someone who develops the infection doesn't remember being bitten by a tick.

Symptoms of RMSF usually begin suddenly. There is a high fever - often 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) - with chills, muscle aches, and a severe headache. Eyes may become red, muscles may be tender to the touch, and there may be abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, and fatigue.

Here are some sites about it:

http://www.emedicine.com/EMERG/topic510.htm  (+ info)

what would a bite look like from a tick carrying rocky mountain spotted fever?

i got bit by a tick, and the bite is less than half an inch in diameter. the center is scabbed, the immediate surrounding is gray/purple, and around that is a little red. it's sensitive when i touch it.

go see a doctor. dont wait for people to give you an answer. Instead make an appointment! ;0  (+ info)

All of the following are true bout the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever except?

A. It is an intracellular parasite
B. It is transmitted by ticks
C. It is in the genus Rickettsia
D. It is gram-negative
E. It is found in soil and water
I'm actually a Organizational Management major and this is my last class before graduation. Thanks for the link to helpful information!!

Are you a student nurse and wanting some help? These seem like exam type questions you are putting up.

go to the link the previous answer gave.  (+ info)

What is the cause of the spots associated with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever begins as small, flat, pink, non-itchy spots (macules) on the wrists, forearms, and ankles. These spots turn pale when pressure is applied and eventually become raised on the skin. It eventually becomes a rash of red spotsbon the palms or soles and is present in at least half of those who get it.  (+ info)

Is Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever rare?

I just found a tick on my toddler son and it had already attached itself to him. I'm really freaking out. How common are these diseases?

Doesn't really matter if people call it "rare" if you're one of the ones who gets it! Lyme disease is more common than you think, and with climate change, ticks (infected and uninfected) are showing up in more places than ever. If you haven't already, remove the tick carefully with tweezers. Clean the spot with alcohol. Watch carefully for any flu-like symptoms or any rashes or ANY new weird symptoms of any kind. More info at lymeinfo.net, lymenet.com, ilads.org. Good luck!  (+ info)

If I have 12 tick bites, how likely is it for me to get Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

I live in Missouri, and I'm not for sure what kind of ticks they were, but I think they were seed ticks. I've heard that they are newly hatched ticks, but is this true? Thanks for all your help!!

Okay... what should I tell my doctor?
I just found another one on me. It was brown and barely visible.

seed ticks can't give you lyme disease or rocky mountain spotted fever. deer ticks can give you lyme disease and ixodid (hard) ticks can cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever  (+ info)

chances of getting rocky mountain spotted fever?

i live in san jose, california. i was bitten by a tick that looked like a small old scab with really tiny legs. the bite is about less than half an inch in diameter. the very center is scabbed with dry blood, the immediate surrounding is kinda purple/gray, and around that is some light red. is this RMSF?
it was probably on me for a couple of hours.

Your chance of getting Tick Fever are very very slight - but keep your eye on it. We lost a very popular newsman here a few years back to Tick Fever - nobody knew what they were looking at when he got sick - and he died! It was a massive bummer. However, people are bitten all the time by those nasty little things and they don't get it - so it must be fairly rare - OR - people's immune systems fight it off well.  (+ info)

Doctors - Would you be shocked if you diagnosed somebody with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Or is it a common enough disease so that you wouldn't be shocked? Is it difficult to cure? Thanks in advance! :)

Shocked, "no" but, hard to detect unless you live there or, know the person was there and got bite by a tick. You have to have something to go on.
The tick that causes Rocky Mountain also can transfer many different diseases and parasites that may infect the body. It can be tricky without first hand knowledge.  (+ info)

what body systems are affected by rocky mountain spotted fever?

u guys obviously dont understand the question.
like digestive system...
skin... (i forget what that ones called.... starts with an i )

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the most lethal[1] and most frequently reported rickettsial illness in the United States. It has been diagnosed throughout the Americas. Some synonyms for Rocky Mountain spotted fever in other countries include “tick typhus,” “Tobia fever” (Colombia), “São Paulo fever” or “febre maculosa” (Brazil), and “fiebre manchada” (Mexico). It is distinct from the viral tick-borne infection, Colorado tick fever. The disease is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, a species of bacterium that is spread to humans by Dermacentor ticks. Initial signs and symptoms of the disease include sudden onset of fever, headache, and muscle pain, followed by development of rash. The disease can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, and without prompt and appropriate treatment it can be fatal.

The name “Rocky Mountain spotted fever” is somewhat of a misnomer. Beginning in the 1930s, it became clear that this disease occurred in many areas of the United States other than the Rocky Mountain region. It is now recognized that this disease is broadly distributed throughout the continental United States, and occurs as far north as Canada and as far south as Central America and parts of South America. Between 1981 and 1996, this disease was reported from every U.S. state except Hawaii, Vermont, Maine, and Alaska.

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.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be very difficult to diagnose in its early stages, even among experienced physicians who are familiar with the disease.

People infected with R. rickettsii usually notice symptoms following an incubation period of one to two weeks after a tick bite. The early clinical presentation of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is nonspecific and may resemble a variety of other infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Initial symptoms include:

Severe headache
Muscle pain
Lack of appetite
Later signs and symptoms include:

Maculopapular rash
Petechial rash
Abdominal pain
Joint pain
The classic triad of findings for this disease are fever, rash and history of tick bite. However, this combination is often not identified when the patient initially presents for care. The rash has a centripetal, or "inward" pattern of spread, meaning it begins at the extremities and courses towards the trunk.

The rash first appears 2–5 days after the onset of fever and is often very subtle. Younger patients usually develop the rash earlier than older patients. Most often it begins as small, flat, pink, non-itchy spots (macules) on the wrists, forearms, and ankles. These spots turn pale when pressure is applied and eventually become raised on the skin. The characteristic red, spotted (petechial) rash of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is usually not seen until the sixth day or later after onset of symptoms, but this type of rash occurs in only 35% to 60% of patients with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The rash involves the palms or soles in as many as 50% to 80% of patients; however, this distribution may not occur until later in the course of the disease. As many as 10% to 15% of patients may never develop a rash.

Abnormal laboratory findings seen in patients with Rocky Mountain spotted fever may include thrombocytopenia, hyponatremia, or elevated liver enzyme levels.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be a very severe illness and patients often require hospitalization. Because R. rickettsii infects the cells lining blood vessels throughout the body, severe manifestations of this disease may involve the respiratory system, central nervous system, gastrointestinal system, or renal system. Host factors associated with severe or fatal Rocky Mountain spotted fever include advanced age, male sex, African-American race, chronic alcohol abuse, and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. Deficiency of G6PD is a sex-linked genetic condition affecting approximately 12% of the U.S. African-American male population; deficiency of this enzyme is associated with a high proportion of severe cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This is a rare clinical course that is often fatal within 5 days of onset of illness.

Long-term health problems following acute Rocky Mountain spotted fever infection include partial paralysis of the lower extremities, gangrene requiring amputation of fingers, toes, or arms or legs, hearing loss, loss of bowel or bladder control, movement disorders and language disorders. These co  (+ info)

I was diagnosed with rocky mountain spotted fever or ehrlichiosis nearly a month ago. Now I have changed?

I had a relatively mild case (no hospitilization) but now my sense of taste has changed, some of my favorite foods disgust me now, such as french fries. has anyone else experenced this? is it permenant? I also have joint pain particularly in my hips and espically in my hands, how long will this last?

Joint pain can be a common effect of this disease. I couldn't tell you how long it might last.

Also your changes in taste, sometimes called chemosensory disorder are very common after an injury or illness. What may have once been pleasant to you, now disgust you.

That will resolve itself eventually.  (+ info)

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