Quick Facts help you understand Lyme Disease but are not a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by your doctor.
Earlier symptoms may be fever, chills, fatigue, muscle pain and swollen lymph nodes. A rash may be apparent but not always appear. A rash typically arises within days of a tick bite and may show the bulls eye appearance with the rash encircling the bite location. Later symptoms may include headaches, neck stiffness, arthritis, dizziness and irregular heartbeat.
bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi from the bite of black legged ticks
Be aware when in areas with blacklegged ticks; cover exposed legs, feet and arms with clothing to avoid exposure to ticks, use insect repellant; stay informed on Doctors Report Illness Tracker of areas with many cases and increase prevention accordingly
Lyme Disease may be successfully treated with antibiotics when treatment is timely. Doctor diagnosis and treatment is important at the earliest possible time.
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