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Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Ticks can spread other types of diseases in addition to lyme disease.  Some of those diseases also cause rashes, such as Southern Tick-associated Rash Illness (STARI), which looks similar to an EM rash.  However, STARI is not Lyme disease.  Additionally, you may experience a small bump or redness at the site of a tick bite, which is quite common and may look like a mosquito bite.  This type of irritation usually goes away within a couple of days and is not a symptom of Lyme disease.  If you experience any of the symptoms listed below after being bitten by a tick or traveling in a high-risk area, contact your doctor right away.

Early Symptoms of Lyme Disease

(3 to 30 days after a tick bite)

  • Fever, chills, and headache
  • Fatigue, muscle, and joint aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash beginning at the site of the tick bite

Later Symptoms of Lyme Disease

(days to months after a tick bite)

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness
  • Additional EM rashes on other parts of the body
  • Arthritis, particularly in large joints like the knees
  • Loss of muscle tone or a droop on one or both sides of the face
  • Painful tendons, muscles, joints, and bones
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Diziness or shortness of breath
  • Nerve pain and shooting pain, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • Problems with short-term memory
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