Things That BITE Lyme Disease
Things That BITE Lyme Disease. They do not always carry Lyme, but they can. Lyme is not restricted to a deer tick! Although, I don’t remember being bitten so I couldn’t have Lyme, right?
Well, no…other insects can carry Lyme, can they? Also, the most likely insect that carries Lyme is a tiny little deer tick. Educate yourself! Don’t settle for a “pat” answer. Know your stuff. Become a student of your issues and that will serve you with your physicians. Let yourself speak loudly!
Unless it was in an obvious spot, you wouldn’t have seen it and you may or may not have had a bulls-eye rash. 50% of people *never* see the bulls-eye. You can be bitten and have no obvious symptoms for years. How amazing is it that you can have all these symptoms and never know the root.
Educate yourself. Do not settle for a diagnosis. Also, do not assume that your doctor knows. This is a scary thing but it is curable!
Early Signs and Symptoms (3 to 30 Days After Tick Bite)
“Classic” Erythema Migrans Rash
- Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes may occur in the absence of rash
- Erythema migrans (EM) rash (see photos):
- Occurs in approximately 70 to 80 percent of infected persons
- Begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay of 3 to 30 days (average is about 7 days)
- Expands gradually over several days reaching up to 12 inches or more (30 cm) across
- May feel warm to the touch but is rarely itchy or painful
- Sometimes clears as it enlarges, resulting in a target or “bull’s-eye” appearance
- May appear on any area of the body
- Does not always appear as a “classic” erythema migrans rash