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Symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Rocky Mountain spotted fever includes the 45 symptoms listed below:

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever: DVRD (Excerpt)

Initial signs and symptoms of the disease include sudden onset of fever, headache, and muscle pain, followed by development of rash. (Source: excerpt from Rocky Mountain spotted fever: DVRD)

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Signs and Symptoms: DVRD (Excerpt)

The early clinical presentation of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is nonspecific and may resemble a variety of other infectious and non-infectious diseases. 

Initial symptoms may include:

  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • severe headache
  • muscle pain
  • lack of appetite 

Later signs and symptoms include:

  • rash
  • abdominal pain
  • joint pain
  • diarrhea

The classic triad of findings for this disease are fever, rash, and history of tick bite. However, this combination is often not identified when the patient initially presents for care.  

The rash first appears 2-5 days after the onset of fever and is often not present or may be very subtle when the patient is initially seen by a physician. Younger patients usually develop the rash earlier than older patients.  Most often it begins as small, flat, pink, non-itchy spots (macules) on the wrists, forearms, and ankles (Figure 13).  These spots turn pale when pressure is applied and eventually become raised on the skin.  The characteristic red, spotted (petechial) rash of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is usually not seen until the sixth day or later after onset of symptoms, and this type of rash occurs in only 35% to 60% of patients with Rocky Mountain spotted fever (Figure 14).  The rash involves the palms or soles in as many as 50% to 80% of patients; however, this distribution may not occur until later in the course of the disease.  As many as 10% to 15% of patients may never develop a rash. (Source: excerpt from Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Signs and Symptoms: DVRD)

Rocky Mountain spotted fever as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Onset and Incubation

Incubation period for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: 3 to 12 days

Incubation period for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: incubation period of about 5-10 days after a tick bite. (Source: excerpt from Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Signs and Symptoms: DVRD)

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