What's it like: To be treated for a tick-borne illness

As the temperatures warm up, more Oklahomans will spend time outside. And some of them will encounter one of nature's pests — ticks.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: June 16, 2013
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What happens when you're treated?

Your treatment will depend on your symptoms and illness. For Rocky Mountain spotted fever, it has been found that the antibiotic doxycycline is effective if started before the fifth day of symptoms. Doxycycline also is used to treat ehrlichiosis.

If you have contracted Lyme disease, and it's early in your symptoms, you might be treated with an antibiotic, such as doxycycline, amoxicillin or cefuroxime. Untreated, Lyme disease can cause a variety of serious symptoms, including loss of muscle tone in your face, severe headaches and swelling in large joints. There is some controversy about “chronic” Lyme disease and whether it exists and, if it does, how to best treat it.

What's the recovery time?

Your recovery time will depend on how severe your illness was. If you're treated quickly, you usually can recover quickly. However, if people with tick-borne illnesses aren't treated early, they sometimes can develop serious symptoms and, at times, they do not survive.

It's important to take preventive measures when spending time outdoors, including wearing insect repellent, checking yourself often for ticks and checking your pets, which can bring ticks into the home.

Source: Dr. John Harkess, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City; Oklahoma State Department of Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, medicine and fitness, among other things. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a news-editorial and broadcast production degree. Outside of work, she enjoys riding her bike, taking pictures of...
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