You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor. In some cases, you might be referred to a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases.
What you can do
- Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. At the time you make the appointment, be sure to ask if you need to do anything in advance.
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Write down key personal information, including any recent life changes or travel.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For Rocky Mountain spotted fever, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- Do I need any tests?
- What treatments are available? Which do you recommend?
- Do I need follow-up testing?
- I have other health problems. How can I best manage these conditions together?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
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- What are your symptoms, and when did they start?
- Have you recently been bitten by a tick?
- Do you spend a lot of time outdoors in grassy or wooded areas?
- Have you recently removed any ticks from family pets?
- Is anyone else in your family ill?
- Have you traveled anywhere recently?
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