Lyme Disease Symptoms – How to Recognize Them and What Action to Take

November 12, 2012

Lyme Disease Symptoms - How to Recognize Them and What Action to Take

Lyme disease often presents itself without any indications. However Lyme disease symptoms are normally seen between a few days and a few weeks after the infected tick bite. A rash will become apparent and many people also exhibit flu like symptoms, out of the flu season when the weather is warmer. Whilst this is happening the red rash, known as erythema migrans, will continue to grow.

The rash will be circular to look at, and from beginning as a small red spot it will develop until itÂ’s about 2 inches (50cm) across after a few weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has a definition for this lesion.

The primary lesion is the rash at the site of the original flea bite. The other rashes are known as secondary lesions. These are reactions to the first bite and not caused by further tick bites and these are very typical Lyme disease symptoms. Both types of lesion can grow in the shape of a circle or oval until they are about 9 or 10 inches across and the rate and shape of growth also identifies the condition as Lyme disease.

If left untreated the early Lyme disease symptoms will disappear, but the rash may reappear. However now is the time when other more dangerous Lyme disease symptoms may show themselves. These symptoms can affect vital organs throughout the body. It can affect the brain leading to meningitis with the symptoms of headache and fever or encephalitis which can show itself as dementia, confusion and lack of comprehension.

Other Lyme disease symptoms can affect the facial nerve giving the appearance of palsy and it can cause numbness in legs, feet or arms. Arthritis can come and go, usually the wrist and knees are targeted and the attack will last for about a week. People who do not get treated for Lyme disease have an increased risk of developing arthritis, especially in the knee.

Lyme disease symptoms can also affect the heart. Carditis, which means that the heart is inflamed, can be seen. This leads to irregular rhythm which if left untreated can be dangerous.

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