- Being outdoors in areas known to have RMSF especially from April to September
- Exposure to tick-infested areas such as long grass, weeds, or low brush
- Exposure to dogs
- Not using preventative steps (listed below)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle or joint pain
- Lack of appetite
- Red eyes
- Light hurting the eyes
- Altered mental status
- Severe bleeding
- Difficulty breathing
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- Wear light-colored clothing. This makes ticks are more visible.
- Tuck pant legs inside socks. This stops ticks from crawling up under your pants.
Apply insect repellents containing DEET (applied to exposed skin). Apply permethrin to clothing.
- For young children, DEET should be avoided or used sparingly. Carefully follow the directions on the label.
- Carefully check your entire body for ticks after returning from outdoor areas.
- Check pets for ticks.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.familydoctor.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/rmsf/symptoms/index.html. Updated November 4, 2010. Accessed January 15, 2015.
Rocky mountain spotted fever. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 10, 2013. Accessed January 15, 2015.
- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -