Signs and Symptoms of Lyme DiseaseBy Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC

The infamous Bulls Eye Rash can be one of the first symptoms of Lyme Disease. The bulls-eye rash can be an early indication of being bitten by infected black-legged ticks, better known as the Deer Tick. The bull’s eye rash is very distinct and can be a definite sign that you may have been exposed to Lyme Disease through a tick bite. The bull’s eye rash is uniformly round and about 5 centimeters in size.

Removing a Deer Tick the moment you find it can be the difference between Lyme Disease Syndrome or no Lyme Disease! The primary infection from the tick is called Borrelia Burgdorferi, but there are many co-infections too.

Symptoms of Lyme disease can occur anywhere from 3 to 30 days after a tick bite has happened and can have quite a range of severity depending on the person. In some cases, symptoms can appear months later 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.

Lyme disease symptoms may begin with fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, stomach aches, nervous system issues, and swollen lymph nodes, and more. 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 change 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, 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 Lyme disease is preparation! If you spend time camping in wooded areas, work in your garden or yard often, have pets who spend time outdoors, your kids probably spend lots of summertime outside, 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, 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, even behind your knees!

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