Lyme Disease Symptoms

Symptoms

For most people, the first sign of a Lyme infection is a bulls-eye shaped rash around the site of the bite, called Erythema Migrans. On dark-skinned people, this rash may look like a bruise. Flu-like symptoms, with fever and muscle/ joint pain often accompany the first stage of infection.

Lyme disease is often a "multi-system" illness. It can affect the skin, joints, brain and heart with many different symptoms. Over time, some symptoms may disappear while new ones appear.

Most cases of Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics, especially if treatment begins early. Some patients whose Lyme disease progresses to later stages of disease have symptoms that last months or years after treatment.

Symptoms Images:
EM Rash: credit: NY Medical College
EM Rash: credit: NY Medical College

EM Rash: Credit:Patmas/ Lyme Disease Foundation
EM Rash: Credit:Patmas/ Lyme Disease Foundation

caption: The first sign of Lyme disease is usually a bulls-eye shaped rash around the site of the bite.

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