How is ehrlichiosis treated?

Updated: Jun 22, 2021
  • Author: Chinelo N Animalu, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Moderately or severely ill patients may require hospitalization for diagnosis and treatment. Early treatment is critical. Consider the possibility of ehrlichiosis when patients have a febrile illness and a history of recent tick exposure. Doxycycline remains the preferred drug for persons with ehrlichiosis. [1, 2]

Continue treatment until the patient has been afebrile for at least 3 days and for 10-14 days depending on the severity of illness. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of tick-borne diseases have been established by the CDC. [2]


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