The Most Common Lyme disease Symptoms You Should Never Ignore, Say Doctors
One of the most common tick-borne illnesses is Lyme disease. As per the estimates of The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. alone it affects nearly 300,000 people per year. In fact, during summer this disease is so widespread in certain parts of Northeast or upper Midwest of the country that checking for ticks has become somewhat of a rite of passage.
1What causes Lyme Disease?
A bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi is responsible for causing Lyme disease. It is usually transmitted from the bite of an infected black-legged tick or deer tick. Upon entering your body there are numerous ways in which the bacteria can wreak havoc. You can get the classic-bulls-eye shaped rash, but many other Lyme disease symptoms are not well known. The other symptoms can be vague which makes diagnosing this condition rather difficult.
If you are familiar with the signs of Lyme disease then you can seek medical treatment as soon as possible. It is typically easy to treat this disease if you manage to notice it on time.
Early Lyme disease symptoms
According to the CDC, the initial signs of Lyme disease appear within 3 to 30 days after getting bitten by an infected tick. These include:
2A red rash
After contracting Lyme disease, up to 80% of people will develop a red rash called erythema migrans in the days or weeks that follow. This rash develops around the area of the tick bite and the redness is an allergic reaction to the tick’s saliva.
The rash which is caused by Lyme disease will often appear in the shape of a bulls-eye, although they can also just be a red blotch. Over time the rash may expand and get as big as 12 inches. The bitten area might look a little crusty in the center or be a little warm to the touch, but it won’t be uncomfortable or itchy. Sometimes people with Lyme disease don’t develop any kind of rash despite the rash being the most common Lyme disease symptom.
While everyone won’t experience all the symptoms of the flu, you will still have a few symptoms which could probably include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle and joint pain
- Neck stiffness
These flu-like symptoms actually result from your immune system’s response to the bacterial infection causing Lyme disease. These symptoms may also be an indication of other diseases or illnesses. Only when you don’t experience any coughing or congestion which is the symptoms of the actual flu, can you be somewhat sure that these symptoms are possibly being caused by Lyme disease.