The antibiotic Doxycycline is the treatment for Q fever.
The treatment will depend if you have acute or chronic Q fever.
For acute, treatment may only last up to three weeks and for chronic Q fever, you must take a combination of antibiotics for at least 18 months and you will need follow up tests to ensure that the Q fever will never come back.
You may need surgery to replace the heart valve that was damaged if you have Q fever endocarditis.
Prevention is by Q fever vaccine that is available in the United States and a different vaccine in Australia.
If you think you are at risk of having Q fever, you may want to vaccinated yourself.
Pasteurization is the process that kills the bacteria.
It is important to use only pasteurized milk and pasteurized milk products whether you are at high risk of Q fever or not.
7 Alternative and Homeopathic Remedies
There are no homeopathic remedies for Q fever.
8 Lifestyle and Coping
Lifestyle modifications are needed in order to prevent Q fever.
The immunization that you may need are decided by your HALO:
H – Health – some factors or health conditions will make you vulnerable to vaccine preventable diseases,
A – Age – you may need prevention from different vaccine-preventable diseases at different ages,
L – Lifestyle – some of your lifestyle choices can have an impact on your immunization needs,
O – Occupation – you may need more immunizations if you are working in an environment that exposes you to vaccine-preventable diseases.
9 Risks and Complications
There are several risks and complications associated with Q fever.
The risk factors of you developing Q fever include:
occupation – such as meat processing, veterinary medicine, animal research and livestock farming because you are exposed to animals and animal products,
location – if you live near a farm because the bacteria can travel through dust particles in the air,
sex – most common in men,
time of year – the peak season for Q fever is on April to May in the United States.
The risk factors of having a deadly form of Q fever is for people who:
have valve disease; blood vessel abnormalities,
if you have chronic renal insufficiency,
weakened immune system.
Q fever can affect your:
It may have complications such as:
endocarditis – this is the most deadly of all Q fever complications which is the inflammation of the membrane inside your heart,
lung issues – some develop pneumonia leading to acute respiratory distress,
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