Oh hello nurse Kelly. You just missed the doctor. He informed me of my diagnosis.
Yes, you have Rickettsia, also known as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever . I'm going to discuss your treatment. We are going to start you on a course of tetracycline.
Oh ok. What kind of medication is that?
Tetracycline is a powerful bacteriostatic antibiotic. It inhibits protein synthesis within the bacteria.
That sounds complicated.
First I need to ask you a few questions. Do you have any allergies to medications? I'd also like to run a pregnancy test
No I have no allergies that i know of. And a pregnancy test! what on earth would I need that for?
Tetracycline can cause discoloration of permanent teeth in a fetus, so we just want to rule out pregnancy to be safe.
OK. Are there any other side effects of this medication i need to know about?
Some antibiotics can cause stomach upset. But it is best to take this medication on an empty stomach. Also, do not take this medication with dairy products, it can decrease the absorption. It is also very important that you take the full course of antibiotics prescribed, even though you may feel better. Do you have any other questions?
Thank you Nurse Kelly, I will be sure to take the full course of medication prescribed and I will call my HCP if I have symptoms of an allergic reaction.