Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - Prevention

If you live in a region with ticks or previous outbreaks of RMSF, how do you try to prevent it?

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Can Rocky Mountain spotted fever be prevented?

The risk of RMSF can be reduced by avoiding areas where ticks are common. If a person does go into such an area, protective clothing including socks, long pants, and long sleeves will reduce that area of skin available for a tick. Insect repellents containing DEET reduce the risk of tick bites. The risk of disease increases with the duration of tick attachment, so the body should be checked carefully for ticks after returning from an outing. Because most ticks are not infected, doxycycline is not recommended after a tick bite in a person who has no symptoms.

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Comment from: Kymberly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I live in North Carolina. I contracted Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). It almost killed me because the diagnosis took so long. With 2 trips to the emergency room (ER) and 3 to my family physician. One resulting in a trip to the ER from my physician's office because I was allergic to the medicine for the RMSF. The ER physician sent me home again. It took my physician pre-admitting me to the hospital to get help. By this time I was almost dead. I spent a week in the hospital. Almost a month later I continue to have side effects from the RMSF. This is nothing to joke about. Better and more efficient testing needs to be available especially in the states where RMSF is prevalent.

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