What is it?

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a bacterial disease spread through the bite of an infected tick. Symptoms include fever, headache, and rash. It can be deadly if not treated early with the right antibiotic.

1 Alikes with Spotted fever due to Rickettsia rickettsii

Learn from others
who are experiencing
Spotted fever due to Rickettsia rickettsii.

Additional names

This group contains additional names:

Signs & symptoms

Early signs and symptoms are not specific to Spotted fever (including fever and headache). However, the disease can rapidly progress to a severe and life-threatening illness. Signs and symptoms can include:
- Fever
- Headache
- Rash
- Nausea
- Vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Muscle pain
- Lack of appetite


Diagnosis of Spotted Fever may be difficult because early signs and symptoms are not specific. Diagnosis includes certain blood tests to look for evidence of the disease. The results of these tests can take weeks, and if there is high suspicion, antibiotic treatment should be given before test results are available.


Doxycycline is the recommended antibiotic treatment for Spotted Fever in adults and children of all ages.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

Learn more about our editorial process for content accuracy.

Alike Wisdom

Instantly get answers to medical questions with our AI, built from the collective wisdom of our community facing similar experiences

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Find people who are
experiencing a similar
medical reality

100% Free