Lisa, Rocky Mt is not to be messed around with. My ex husbands brother died from it this summer. He only lived a few days after the tick bite. From what I have read, it can become chronic if not kicked at the onset or if accompanied by Lyme, because the lyme prevents your immune system from handling the RM.
I may have had RM as a teenager, we don't know. But a couple weeks of tetra knocked out the acute phase, even tho that did repeat itself several times.
It usually can be kicked w/ abx at the onset, and I would tend to believe it could also be kicked w/ abx when chronic. I don't think we know of tales of RMSF going dormant, or turning into cysts, like lyme does, so maybe a good few weeks of abx would do it?
I don't really know. But my LLMD put me on Doxy after a new bite just recently, as a preventative against RMSF. He told me to say on it and others on this forum told me to stay on it because doxy is effective against RMSF.
ARe you totally against abx, even if a few weeks would kick the RM infection?
SEems like you would have to really build up your immune system and work really hard on whatever treatment you decide on. I know that megadoses of C, and garlic are supposed to be natural abx.
I hope others here who have RM are able to offer you some stronger answers.
But, btw, RM may not be as common as Lyme, but I sure wouldn't call it 'rare'. And it's an extremely serious disease. Not that many years ago, the mortality rate was around 40%. That has been lessened, tho not eradicated, w/ modern abx treatment.