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Here is a quick mnemonic ” POX DISEASE “ to remember about the Rickettsialpox Rash

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Rickettsialpox is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia akari. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of certain mites, particularly the house mouse mite (Liponyssoides sanguineus). Rickettsialpox is a relatively rare disease, and outbreaks are usually associated with urban areas where mice infestations are common.

One of the main symptoms of rickettsialpox is the development of a rash. The rash typically begins as a red spot or bump at the site of the mite bite. Over the next few days, the rash progresses and spreads to other parts of the body. The rash may be accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue.

Rickettsialpox Rash Rash : How To Remember Easily ?

  • P – Papules and plaques (2–10 mm) with vesicles or pustules at their centers.
  • O – Occurs in urban settings and is transmitted by mouse mites.
  • X – (e)Xtensive rash involving face, trunk, and extremities.
  • D – Development of eschar at the site of mite bite.
  • I – Involvement of palms and soles.
  • S – Seen in regional adenopathy and may cause mild disease.
  • E – Eschar found at the site of mite bite.
  • A – Adenopathy, regional, and headache.
  • S – Sores with generalized rash, often found in urban settings, transmitted by mouse mites.
  • E – Extremities involvement with rash and myalgias.

Mnemonic :  POX DISEASE

Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department