How do I know if I might have Lyme disease?


Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks. The symptoms of Lyme disease can vary widely, and not everyone infected with Lyme disease develops a rash or experiences flu-like symptoms. Here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for:

  1. Rash: A red, circular rash (called a “bull’s eye rash”) may appear within a few days to a few weeks at the site of the tick bite. However, not everyone with Lyme disease develops a rash, and the rash may not always resemble a bull’s eye.
  2. Flu-like symptoms: Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and joint pain are all common symptoms of Lyme disease.
  3. Neurological symptoms: Some people with Lyme disease may develop neurological symptoms, such as facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy), meningitis, or numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.
  4. Joint pain and swelling: Lyme disease can cause joint pain and swelling, particularly in the knees.

If you have been bitten by a tick and experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease is important to prevent long-term complications. Your healthcare provider may perform a blood test to confirm the diagnosis of Lyme disease.

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