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Do you live in or visit area infested with ticks? Then, make sure to where big spray! Lyme Disease is caused by ticks and bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It is a common illness, with more than 200,000 cases diagnosed each year in the United States.
There are various kinds of ticks. However, the deer tick carries the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. You can recover completely from Lyme Disease and its symptoms if you have proper antibiotic treatment.
Symptom 1: Rash
Are you suffering from a rash? Lyme Disease can cause rashes, which are usually red and painless. They often take the form of a bull's-eye design.
A rash means that the tick infection has spread to your skin tissues. The rash can become larger, but dissolves over time - even if you are not treated with antibiotics.
Symptom 2: Flu
Are you suffering from the flu? Do you have a fever, chills, muscle aches, and nausea?
Lyme Disease can cause you to have flu-like symptoms, which are usually the first to appear with the condition. These symptoms can last about 5-21 days.
Symptom 3: Light Sensitivity
Are you sensitive to light? Do you experience eye discomfort or pain due to exposure to light? Headaches related to Lyme Disease can make you sensitive to lights and the sun. You may also get what are called floaters in your eyesight.
You may need to wear sunglasses more often and have a harder time driving at night.
Symptom 4: Headaches
Suffering from severe headaches? Lyme Disease can cause such headaches.
According to healingWell.com, one patient stated: “Anyone else have bad headaches since contracting Lyme Disease? I suffer with them really bad. It's not the ‘usual’ headache, it is very intense and causes me to pretty much lay down for the day. Advil sometimes isn't enough. I usually get a really intense pressure/pain at the base of my skull, right above my shoulders....where my neck meets the bottom part of my skull.”
Symptom 5: Joint Pain
Do you suffer from severe pain while you try to sleep? This may occur due to an inflammation in your spinal cord from Lyme Disease. It usually happens in the later stages of the condition.
According to the American College of Rheumatology, “At this stage, the infection can affect the joints (Lyme arthritis), causing pain and swelling of one or both knees. Less often, Lyme arthritis can involve other, mostly large, joints.”
Symptom 6: Facial Palsy
Do you have facial palsy, which is the loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of your face? Lyme Disease can cause facial paralysis because it impacts your nervous system.
Antibiotics are used to treat facial nerve palsy due to Lyme Disease. Steroids may be used, as well.
Symptom 7: Muscle Weakness
Are your muscles weak, especially in your arms and legs? Do you have a hard time doing everyday tasks and activities? Muscle weakness can be debilitating.
Muscle weakness, and even paralysis, pain, and numbness, can occur with Lyme Disease.
Symptom 8: Fatigue
Tired? Can never get enough sleep? Have no energy? Fatigue is often an early symptom of Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease can cause fatigue, even months after treatment is completed. It can be debilitating.
Symptom 9: Fever
Do you suffer from recurring, low-grade fevers?
A low-grade fever lasts at least 24 hours and is higher than 98.6° F, but lower than 100.4° F.
Symptom 10: Stiffness or Swelling
Stiffness and swelling of your joints due to Lyme Disease can last weeks, or even months.
According to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, “In the United States, approximately 60% of untreated patients will develop intermittent episodes of joint pain and swelling, months to years after the infecting tick bite.”
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