Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a life-threatening illness. It's spread by ticks and can be found in nearly all US states, Canada, and Central and South America.
RMSF is treated with antibiotics. The illness can cause many health problems. These will also need to be treated. Some problems can last a year or more.
Antibiotics are given to fight the infection. Take all of antibiotics, even when you're feeling better.
If you are taking medicines:
If you live in places where ticks are common:
If you do find a tick on your body, remove it by:
Your doctor will need to check on your progress. Go to all scheduled appointments.
Call your doctor if you're not getting better or have other problems such as:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
Public Health Agency of Canada
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
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Last reviewed November 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L Horn, MD, FACP Last Updated: 11/20/2018