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Signs & Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Signs & Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a problematic disease throughout the country. It often shows signs and symptoms that some people mistake for other issues. But, if left untreated, the symptoms can become very clear and at times very annoying. Lyme disease is most commonly spread by ticks, so be sure to check yourself when you come in from outside this summer. An excellent tip is to take a warm shower after being outside to flush the ticks from your body.

Early Signs and Symptoms

If you have been infected with Lyme disease, signs and symptoms can develop as early as three to 30 days following the bite of a tick. Those signs and symptoms include the following:

  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Erythema migrans (EM) rash is another common symptom. An EM rash can be discovered by the following symptoms:

  • Happens in roughly 70 to 80 percent of infected people
  • Starts around the site of the tick bite after a little delay, but between three and 30 days after the bite. It typically occurs within seven days
  • It gradually expands to reach more than 12 inches or more across
  • It is rarely painful or itchy, but might be warm to the touch
  • Can clear as it gets bigger, which leaves a bullseye
  • Can appear on just about any area of the infected person’s body

Later Signs and Symptoms

Later signs and symptoms of Lyme disease occur anywhere from days to months following a bite from a tick. These signs and symptoms include the following:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Severe headaches
  • Added EM rashes on other areas of the body
  • Severe joint pain and swelling
  • Arthritis in the knees and larger joints
  • Facial palsy (facial droop on one or both sides of the face)
  • Pain in the joints, tendons, bones, and muscles
  • Irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Nerve pain
  • Inflammation of spinal cord and brain
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Tingling, numbness or pain in hands and feet

Added Notes

Not all cases are the same. It is possible that fever and other general symptoms could present themselves in the victim of a tick bite instead of a rash. These could be signs that Lyme disease has developed in the body. It is common for a small bump or redness to be present at the site of a tick bite that looks like a mosquito bite. This typically goes away within one to two days. This is not a sign of Lyme disease.

A rash with similar symptoms to an EM rash that occurs with Southern Tick-associated Rash Illness (STARI) can appear, but is not indicative of Lyme disease. It is also possible that a tick that bites you can spread other organisms that can cause rashes of all different kinds, which would not be indicative of Lyme disease.

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