Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. The disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and can cause a range of symptoms, including fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic rash that looks like a bull’s-eye.
Lyme disease can be a serious condition if it is not treated promptly or if it is left untreated. If left untreated, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body and cause a range of complications, including joint pain, nerve damage, and heart problems.
However, if diagnosed and treated early, Lyme disease can usually be cured with antibiotics. It’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have been bitten by a tick or if you develop symptoms of Lyme disease, particularly if you live in or have recently traveled to an area where Lyme disease is common.