Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Pictures and Symptoms

This is a male yellow dog tick, which is a vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick.
After two to three days, erythematous macules erupt on the wrists, hands, forearms, legs, and ankles of patients infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a seasonal disease and occurs throughout the United States during the months of April through September.
A doctor examines a patient to help confirm a diagnosis of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is usually treated with doxycycline (Vibramycin).
Rocky Mountain spotted fever on the ankles of an adolescent (left) and on the hands and wrists of a child (right).
In people exposed to tick-infested habitats, prompt, careful inspection and removal of crawling or attached ticks is an important method of preventing disease.
Wear light-colored clothing which allows you to see ticks that are crawling on your clothing.
Tuck your pant legs into your socks so that ticks cannot crawl up the inside of your pant legs.
Apply repellents to discourage tick attachment.
Conduct a body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas.
A mother checks her daughter for ticks.
Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove ticks.
To remove a tick, grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure.
After removing the tick, thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash your hands with soap and water.
Engorged tick held with a pincer.
Save the tick for identification in case you become ill.
Folklore remedies such as hot matches do little to encourage a tick to detach from skin.
Ticks can be controlled by application of acaricides.

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Reviewed by Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD on Friday, June 10, 2011

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