Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - Prognosis

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What is the prognosis of Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

If diagnosed early and treated promptly, RMSF has a very good prognosis. Most patients will fully recover without any long-term disabilities. However, a delay in diagnosis and treatment is contributory to the higher rates of complications and mortality seen with RMSF. In the United States, the mortality rate for RMSF is currently about less than 1%. In the preantibiotic era, the mortality rate was around 30%.

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Comment from: Arkansas, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 19

On Oct. 11, 2011, I was diagnosed with RMSF, three days after tick bites. I had the antibiotics. Four months later with continuing symptoms, I was diagnosed as having polymyalgia rheumatic, then "leaking edema of legs," pink eyes (ointment did not help), nauseated frequently, IC (interstitial cystitis), no bacteria, and frequent bruising of arms with no injury. Now I sleep with oxygen because of low oxygen on Saturday when I was sleeping. I think it is the aftermath of RMSF.

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Comment from: 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 17

Rocky Mountain spotted fever hit my almost-two-year-old baby after contact with a neighbor's dog which was highly infested with the rock ticks and the actual dog ticks. The bitten part became reddish and later he developed fever which we thought was malaria. Medical tests never discovered the plasmodium (malaria parasite) in him. The fever became so bad that temperatures rose to 49.7 degrees Celsius and convulsion started. It was terrible. We did not think of the tick bite as the cause. But three months later the ticks bit him again as he was playing on the veranda with the same dog, I found some ticks on his body, alas! Then he later developed a similar fever and then we realized that it was because of the ticks and so we informed the doctor who gave him proper treatment, so he did not stay long in the admission.

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