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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

Early treatment is crucial for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Treatment includes:

  • blood transfusions
  • breathing treatments
  • use of a ventilator, or artificial breathing machine, for severe respiratory distress
  • close monitoring for kidney or liver problems, or secondary lung infection
  • antibiotics, such doxycycline
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Possible side effects of doxycycline and other antibiotics include stomach upset, allergic reactions, and liver problems. These antibiotics may also cause discoloration of the teeth in children less than 8 years old.

    What happens after treatment for the infection?

    The earlier treatment is started for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, the shorter the recovery time. Bed rest may be needed for several days to several weeks. Activity can be gradually increased.

    How is the infection monitored?

    A person being treated at home for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever should monitored closely for several symptoms. These include increased fever, tenderness in the abdomen, difficulty urinating, and increased weakness. If seizures or confusion develop, immediate medical attention should be sought. Any other new or worsening symptoms should also be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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