Tickborne Relapsing Fever

Tickborne Relapsing Fever

Relapsing fever is an infection caused by the bites of lice or soft-bodied ticks. Tick-borne relapsing fever is found primarily in Africa, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Asia, and certain areas in the Western U.S. and Canada. Most people who are infected get sick around within a couple weeks of the bite.

Symptoms may include a sudden fever, chills, headaches, and muscle or joint aches, and nausea; a rash may also occur. These symptoms continue for 2-9 days, then disappear. This cycle may continue for several weeks if the person is not treated. .

Relapsing Fever is easily treated with 1-2 weeks of antibiotics. Most people improve within 24 hours of starting antibiotics. Tetracycline-class antibiotics are most effective. [Source: Wiki]

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  1. Yup. No rash here, either. Or somehow I missed it. Maybe it was on my “behind”?? Anyway, I’ve heard from several others who didn’t have a rash, either. This is one miserable and misunderstood chronic disease. Personally I’ve only heard of one person who believes they were “cured”. Everyone else has continued medical issues.

      1. I have to agree with you JRice.
        I was diagnosed in 2010 with Lyme disease – Clinical diagnosis and confirmation by Western Blot Test. I never experienced a typical bull’s eye rash with any of my 3 bites.

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