Don’t Let Lyme Disease Sneak Up on You

How to Recognizing the Early Signs

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks that can have serious consequences if left untreated. The earlier it’s caught, the easier it is to treat.

That’s why it’s crucial to know the early signs of Lyme disease, so you can seek medical attention before it progresses.

Here are some of the most common early symptoms of Lyme disease:

  1. Rash: A rash that resembles a bulls-eye pattern is a classic sign of Lyme disease. It often appears at the tick bite site and can be accompanied by itching or burning sensations. And this only occurs in about 30% of people with Lyme. Not everyone with Lyme gets a rash.
  2. Flu-like symptoms: Fever, fatigue, and muscle aches are common symptoms that can occur within a few days to a few weeks of being bitten by an infected tick.
  3. Joint pain: Lyme disease can cause joint pain, particularly in the knees. This can be mistaken for other conditions such as arthritis. Lyme is one of 7 disease that has migrating pain as symptom. This can make it hard to diagnose.
  4. Neurological symptoms: In some cases, Lyme disease can affect the nervous system, causing symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.

If you experience any of these symptoms, especially if you have been in an area known for Lyme disease or have been bitten by a tick, it’s important to seek medical attention right away.

Early treatment can prevent the infection from spreading and causing more serious complications.

Protect yourself from Lyme disease by taking steps to avoid tick bites, such as wearing long sleeves and pants when in wooded or grassy areas, using insect repellent containing DEET, ( I prefer Tick Tock Naturals for my tick and masquito repelant) and checking your body for ticks after spending time outdoors.

You can also put your clothes in the dryer when you come home from a hike for 10 min to kill any ticks on your clothes.

Remember, early detection is key in preventing the spread of Lyme disease. Stay aware and stay safe.

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