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6 Early Symptoms of Lyme Disease
8/4/2016 3:34:56 PM
Preventing tick bites is key to fending off an infection, but if you get bit, look out for these symptoms.

6 Early Symptoms of Lyme Disease

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6 Early Symptoms of Lyme Disease


More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control each year. The risk of Lyme disease is greatest in the spring and summer when the disease is commonly transmitted through tick bites.

Preventing tick bites is key to fending off an infection, but if you do get bit, look out for these early symptoms of Lyme disease:


A small red bump is likely to appear at the sight of any tick bite, and does not necessarily mean you’ve contracted Lyme disease. Keep an eye on the area, in case a rash develops.

One of the most obvious symptoms of Lyme disease is erythema migrans, an expanding rash that takes the shape of a bullseye, with a red ring surrounding a pale area with redness in the center. Approximately 75% of people who contract the disease experience this unique rash, and it can take anywhere from 3 days to a month for a rash to develop after infection.


Fatigue is associated with chronic Lyme disease, but it is also one of the first symptoms you’re likely to suffer if you’ve contracted the disease.


Severe headaches may be accompanied by a stiff neck and may fluctuate in intensity.  This is a result of spinal cord inflammation, otherwise known as meningitis.


Similar to the flu, Lyme disease can cause a high temperature and chills at the same time.


If you’ve contracted Lyme disease, you may experience muscle soreness or joint pain. Your knees are most likely to be affected, and joint pain can get more severe as the disease progresses.


Your lymph nodes are locating on each side of your neck, under your chin, in your armpits and in your groin. You will likely be able to tell if they are swollen if they are sore or sensitive to the touch, or if they feel larger than usual.

In its later stages, Lyme disease can cause even more serious symptoms including impaired muscle movement, numb or weak limbs and Bell’s palsy. Earlier symptoms like fatigue, meningitis and joint pain can continue and worsen over time. Most case of Lyme disease, however, can be effectively treated with antibiotics.

If you’re experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

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