Ehrlichiosis (say "er-lih-kee-OH-sis") is a disease you can get from ticks. Ticks are small spider-like animals that attach to your skin and feed on blood. Ehrlichiosis causes fever, chills, headache, nausea and vomiting, and a purple or red rash. Symptoms usually start about 5 to 10 days after you get a tick bite. Ehrlichiosis can be treated with medicines called antibiotics.
Be sure to remove a tick from your body as soon as you find one. This helps you avoid an infection or any diseases the tick may pass on.
When you get a tick bite, ask your doctor whether you need a tetanus shot to prevent tetanus (lockjaw).
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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