In over 2/3 of the Lyme disease cases, the initial sign of infection starts with a red spot at the sight of the tick’s bite. Then this spot circularly expands, forming a red rash ring around a clear area with a red center.
This peculiar looking rash, medically referred to as erythema migrans, may also develop in other areas of your body as the disease radiates. Other initial signs and symptoms, beyond the rash, are akin to the flu, like:
If treated with appropriate antibiotics during the early stage of Lyme disease, most recover completely.
Early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment of Lyme’s infection is critical for hampering a future of chronic symptoms. If left untreated, over half experience arthritis symptoms, and 20% of those report long lasting intermittent bouts.
In absence of a prompt treatment, your chances of a full recovery diminish in proportion to your delay. Subsequent chronic symptoms of untreated Lyme disease are typically joint and neurological in nature.
Late stage Lyme’s disease symptoms encompass:
- Bell’s palsy
- memory loss
- sleep disturbance
- shooting pain in limbs
- concentration difficulties
- muscle movement issues
- heart rhythm irregularities
- numbness, tingling in hands/feet
The joint most often affected with arthritis is the knee.
Even with treatment, these chronic symptoms may occur. But your best chance for recovery does lie with proper diagnosis and treatment. And the sooner the better.
Lymes disease is difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mirror other conditions, such as:
Currently, the primary method for Lyme disease diagnosis is its distinctive rash. Antibody lab tests will likely be taken, but their results aren’t 100%.
Oral antibiotics are the standard medical treatment for early stage Lyme disease, usually doxycycline and amoxicillin.
Your healthiest and safest measure for escaping Lyme disease, is deer tick bite prevention.