Treatments for Ehrlichiosis
Ehrlichiosis: Is the Diagnosis Correct?
The first step in getting correct treatment is
to get a correct diagnosis.
Differential diagnosis list for Ehrlichiosis may include:
Ehrlichiosis: Marketplace Products, Discounts & Offers
Products, offers and promotion categories available for Ehrlichiosis:
Ehrlichiosis: Research Doctors & Specialists
Research all specialists including ratings, affiliations, and sanctions.
Discussion of treatments for Ehrlichiosis:
antibiotic treatment should be
initiated immediately when there is a strong suspicion of ehrlichiosis on the basis of
clinical and epidemiologic findings. Treatment should not be delayed until laboratory
confirmation is obtained
. Fever generally subsides within 24-72 hours after treatment
with doxycycline or other tetracyclines. In fact, failure to rapidly respond to a
tetracycline antibiotic argues against a diagnosis of ehrlichiosis.
therapy in non-ill patients who have had recent tick bites is not warranted.
Doxycycline (100 mg twice daily for adults or
4.4 mg/kg body weight per day in two divided doses for children under 45.4 kgs (100 lbs)) is the drug of choice for
patients with ehrlichiosis. The optimal duration of therapy has not been established, but
current regimens recommend continuation of treatment for at least 3 days after the fever
subsides and until evidence of clinical improvement, for a minimum total course of 5 to 7 days. Severe or complicated disease may
require longer treatment courses. Because tetracyclines are contraindicated in pregnancy,
rifampin has been used successfully in a limited number of pregnant women with documented
HGE. (Source: excerpt from Ehrlichiosis: Treatment: DVRD)
Buy Products Related to Treatments for Ehrlichiosis