The following are the most common symptoms of RMSF. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
Symptoms of RMSF may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Consult a physician for diagnosis.
Diagnosis is based on symptoms and past history of a tick bite. The appearance and character of the rash is important. Skin samples and lab tests (antibody titer, kidney function tests, platelet count, prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, urinalysis, red blood cell count) are usually done to rule out other conditions and confirm diagnosis.
Specific treatment for RMSF will be determined by your physician and may include antibiotics and supportive care.