Antibiotics (tetracycline or doxycycline) are used to treat the disease. Young children should not take tetracycline by mouth until after all their permanent teeth have grown in, because it can permanently discolor growing teeth. Doxycycline used for 2 weeks or less typically does not cause discoloration of a child’s permanent teeth.
Ehrlichiosis is rarely deadly. With antibiotics, patients usually improve within 24 – 48 hours. Recovery takes 3 weeks.
- Death (rare)
- Kidney damage
- Lung damage
- Other organ damage
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call your health care provider if you become sick after a recent tick bite or if you’ve been in areas where ticks are common. Be sure to tell your doctor about the tick exposure.
Ehrlichiosis : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Ehrlichiosis : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests
Ehrlichiosis : Treatment
Review Date : 12/3/2009
Reviewed By : A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Greg Juhn, MTPW, David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (8/28/2009).
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only — they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- 2010 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.