What are the symptoms for Rocky mountain spotted fever?

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The symptoms for Rocky mountain spotted fever include the following:


  • fever
  • rash
  • the insect that bit
  • were you bitten by a tick (they can look like the picture shown or be very round after being engorged with blood)?
  • did your rash start at the hands/wrists and feet/ankles (later spreading to the trunk)?
  • abdominal pain or discomfort
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • appetite loss
  • abdominal distention
  • headache
  • light sensitivity
  • stiff neck
  • neck pain or discomfort
  • confusion
  • seizure
  • muscle aches
  • mass or lump
  • pink eye
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • skin problem or abnormality
  • skin redness
  • blood colored rash or patches
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You don't have to have all of the symptoms above to be diagnosed with Rocky mountain spotted fever. Take the diagnostic quiz to determine whether you may have this disease.