Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread by ticks. The symptoms of Lyme disease can vary, but there are some early signs that may indicate that a person has been infected. Here are at least five early signs of Lyme disease:
- Erythema migrans (EM) rash: This is a characteristic rash that appears at the site of the tick bite in around 70-80% of people infected with Lyme disease. The rash often looks like a bull’s-eye, with a red center surrounded by a clear circle and then a larger red ring.
- Flu-like symptoms: In the early stages of Lyme disease, a person may experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and joint pain.
- Swollen lymph nodes: Lymph nodes, particularly in the area near the tick bite, may become swollen and tender.
- Neurological symptoms: Some people with Lyme disease may experience neurological symptoms, such as numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the hands and feet, facial paralysis, and meningitis.
- Heart palpitations: In rare cases, Lyme disease can cause heart problems, such as palpitations or an irregular heartbeat.
It’s important to note that not everyone with Lyme disease will experience all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms at all. If you have been bitten by a tick and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention.