How is Rocky Mountain spotted fever treated?

Doctors use medicines called antibiotics to treat Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Doxycycline is an antibiotic that may be used. Antibiotics kill the Rickettsia rickettsii bacteria that caused the infection. Treatment works best if started early.

What complications can Rocky Mountain spotted fever cause?

People with Rocky Mountain spotted fever who get early treatment usually recover quickly, without hospitalization. Serious cases, and people who wait too long to start treatment, may need to spend time in the hospital. In the hospital, people can receive antibiotics directly through a vein (intravenously).

Complications could include:

  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Hearing loss
  • Loss of fingers, toes or even limbs if significant damage occurs to blood vessels

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