Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Spring is a time of rebirth. The trees and flowers bloom, and the grass grows. While spring is great, it also brings hazards. Ticks multiply during the spring, which increases the chances of getting tick-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This condition occurs when a tick with the bacteria attaches to your skin and releases fluid through the bite. If you are experiencing complications of the disease, Nichols Chiropractic can help.
Who Is at Risk Of Developing Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?
There are certain factors that can increase your chances of getting this disease.
- Spending time in grassy or wooded areas
- Owning a dog
- The infection occurs most commonly during the spring and summer
- Living in an area where this disease is common
What Are the Symptoms Of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?
After being bitten by an infected tick, it can take 7 to 14 days for the symptoms to appear. The symptoms of this disease often mimic other conditions, which can make it difficult for doctors to diagnose the disease. The symptoms include:
- High fever
- Severe headaches
- Muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Red, non-itchy rash that often appears five days after the symptoms begin
How Is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Diagnosed?
Because the symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever mimics that of the flu, this condition often goes undiagnosed for a while. A lab test can test for the infection. It is essential that the disease is diagnosed early so that you can begin treatment. Without treatment, serious complications can arise.
What Are the Complications?
The complications can be minor, such as muscle pain and weakness. They can also be severe, such as inflammation of the brain, heart, or lungs. Kidney failure and severe infection are also possible. Finally, without treatment, Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be fatal. This is why early diagnosis and treatment are essential.
How Is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Treated?
This disease can be treated with an antibiotic called Doxycycline.
How Can a Chiropractor Help With Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?
If you are suffering from this disease, a chiropractor can help with the symptoms. Chiropractic massage and functional medicine can help with the muscle aches and weakness associated with the disease. Also, a spinal adjustment can realign your spine, which can reduce the severity and frequency of the headaches associated with the disease.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you have been diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, schedule an appointment with Nichols Chiropractic. Our chiropractor in Manhattan KS can create a treatment plan to help with some of the complications associated with the disease. You will need to get antibiotics from your doctor; however, we can help with the pain and weakness that you can experience. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (785) 537-2211.