The infamous Bulls Eye Rash may be one of the first symptoms of Lyme Disease. But, not everyone that gets a tick bite gets the rash. And many times, the bulls-eye rash is in an area that is hard to see. The bulls-eye rash can be an early indication of being bitten by infected black-legged ticks, better known as the Deer Tick.
Removing a Deer Tick the moment you find it can be the difference between Lyme Disease Syndrome or no symptoms of Lyme Disease! The tick’s primary infection is Borrelia Burgdorferi, but many co-infections are equally important.
Symptoms of Lyme disease can begin anywhere from 3 to 30 days after a tick bite has happened and can have a wide range of severity. In some cases, severe symptoms of Lyme Disease can appear months after a tick bite. It seems the longer the tick is attached to your body, the more likely you are to have symptoms of Lyme Disease. Plus, the number of times bitten over your lifetime can matter.
When I was very young, I would play outside in the backyard and the woods every day. I would come home from school, grab a snack, and mom would encourage me to go out and play. And I did. I grew up on Long Island, New York and loved being outdoors. My health started to become a challenge even at the young age of ten. I started to have irritable bowel symptoms that seemed to come on quite suddenly. Then in college, which was in upstate New York, I remember getting bit by several ticks one day while playing with a dog. The first symptoms of Lyme disease were a hot, red rash, severe upset stomach, and pain in my legs and feet. Looking back, I believe I had multiple bites multiple times.
Lyme disease symptoms can include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle, and joint pain, stomach aches, nervous system issues, swollen lymph nodes, etc. At this point, without treatment, symptoms can progress.
The Early Stages of Lyme Disease are called “localized” and include flu-like symptoms.
The second stage is called “Early Disseminated Lyme.” At this stage, people with Lyme disease worsen to terrible pain, weakness, numbness in their arms and legs, vision changes, heart palpitations, chest pain, a rash, and possibly facial paralysis, also known as “Bells Palsy.”
The third stage of Symptoms of Lyme Disease is called “Late Disseminated Lyme.” This stage can occur weeks, months, or even years after a tick bite. Symptoms may include arthritis, severe fatigue, headaches, vertigo, stomach aches, sleep disturbances, and mental confusion.
The best way to prevent symptoms of Lyme disease is preparation! If you spend time camping in wooded areas, work in your garden or yard often, or have pets who spend time outdoors, your kids probably spend lots of summertime outside and wear lighter clothing.
Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed; wearing lighter-colored clothing makes them easier to spot. It is also advised that people wear long pants, and long sleeves and consider using insect repellant.
Pets may bring ticks indoors and can also be affected by Lyme Disease. No matter who is outdoors, make it a habit to have a “shower check”! Look over your entire body, in your hair, inside the ears, around your waistline, and even behind your knees!
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