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