Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Treatment for Q fever depends on the severity of your symptoms. Mild or nonsymptomatic cases of acute Q fever often get better in about two weeks with no treatment.

Medications

If you have more severe symptoms, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. People who have chronic Q fever usually must take a combination of antibiotics for at least 18 months. Even after successful chronic Q fever treatment, you'll need to go back for follow-up tests for years in case the infection returns.

Surgery

If you have Q fever endocarditis, you may need surgery to replace damaged heart valves.

Jul. 07, 2011

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