16 Common Symptoms Of Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease is considered the most common ‘vector-borne’ illness in all of America, as well as one of the most common all over the world. A vector-borne disease ‘is one transmitted through an insect bite,’ and when it comes to Lyme disease, it is due to a bite from an infected black legged tick, also known as a deer tick. These ticks must have one of four different types of bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia mayonii, Borrelia afzelii or Borrelia garninii in order to pass on the Lyme disease through their bite, although it is one of the first two that are the most common causes of Lyme disease in the United States. And more often than not, most victims do not even recall getting bitten or feeling the bite at all, that is until the symptoms begin to show up, usually between 3 to 30 days after the infection starts to set in.
Although anyone is susceptible to getting bitten by an infected deer tick, people that work with animals, live near livestock or other animals, reside in more rural areas, or own pets are at a higher risk due to proximity to ticks alone. Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose since many of the symptoms are similar to other types of illnesses. If it is Lyme disease and it takes longer to get the proper diagnosis, the effects can be very serious. While an early prognosis can be treated using antibiotics – in most cases at least – when left untreated, it can cause serious problems with a persons’ ‘central nervous system, muscles and joints, eyes and heart.’
Here are 16 symptoms and signs to watch out for if you suspect that you might be a victim of Lyme disease.

Symptoms and Signs Of Lyme Disease

1. Signature Rash Or Smaller Rashes

The first tell-tale sign of a Lyme disease tick bite is what is known as a ‘signature rash.’ This type of rash tends to be extremely red, oval shape and looks like a ‘bull’s eye’ with a single red spot in the middle. Usually, there is a clearer white circle around the bull’s eye then another ‘wide red circle on the outside’ again. Normally, the rash is also flat and doesn’t necessarily itch, more so in the beginning. Of course, when left untreated, there can also be a progression of the rash since the infection is ‘spreading within your skin tissues.’ Most of the time, the rash will eventually resolve, even if left untreated, but it doesn’t mean that the Lyme disease has actually been resolved just because you no longer have a rash.
Many times, patients of Lyme disease don’t recall having a rash, much less getting bitten by a tick at all. Other times, it’s in the development of a second rash when some patients realize that they were bitten in the first place. Some patients reveal that they get smaller rashes as far as 3 to 5 weeks after the initial bite, and they can look different from the signature rash in form by being blotchy, raised or look like blisters. If you notice a rash and don’t know where it came from, be sure to see a doctor immediately.