Lyme Disease Symptoms

Lyme Disease Symptoms

What is Lyme disease?
After ticks and similar parasites adhere to the human body, they can transmit viruses or bacteria they carry to humans. Lyme disease is caused by the transmission of Borrelia bacteria, which is a type of tick called "deer tick", to humans. Left untreated, Lyme disease can cause neurological symptoms that progress to paralysis.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
The most prominent symptom of Lyme disease is a specific type of rash observed unique to this disease. Erythema migrans, also called oxeye erythema; It is a kind of redness that is open in the middle, red in the edges, and observed in the form of intertwined rings. This image is observed between 3 days and 1 month after the tick bite, and then the diagnosis is made. However, it is not seen in every case. The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are variable. They usually appear in phases, but phases can also come at the same time.

A small, red bump resembling the bump of a mosquito bite is usually observed at the site of a tick bite or removal and disappears within a few days. This normal occurrence does not indicate Lyme disease. However, the following symptoms may appear within a month of being infected:

erythema migrans (rash can be observed in more than one place)
body aches,
neck stiffness
swollen lymph nodes

If left untreated, new signs and symptoms of Lyme infection may appear over the coming weeks or months. These can be explained as follows:

Erythema migrations: The rash may appear on other parts of the body.
Joint pains: Severe joint pains, especially affecting the knees and progressing with swelling, can be observed.
Neurological problems: It can happen months or even years after infection. Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of the face, numbness or weakness in the limbs may occur.

heart problems such as an irregular heartbeat
eye inflammation
Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
severe fatigue
Even if the signs and symptoms disappear, it is beneficial to apply to the health institution. The absence of symptoms does not mean that the disease is gone. Left untreated, Lyme disease can spread to other parts of your body months or years after infection, causing arthritis and nervous system problems.

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