- a localized rash that gradually expands over several days. As the rash expands, part of the rash may clear and take the appearance of a bulls-eye. The rash is rarely itchy or painful, and usually feels warm to the touch.
- Other early symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, headache, muscle ache, joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes.
Untreated, the Lyme disease bacterial infection may spread from the site of the bite to other parts of the body. The spread of bacteria produces an array of specific symptoms that may come and go such as:
- Lesions on the body
- Loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face
- Severe headaches and neck stiffness due to inflammation of the spinal cord
- Pain and swelling in large joints
- Shooting pains that may interfere with sleep
- Heart palpitations and dizziness due to changes in heartbeat
Lyme disease requires professional medical treatment. People who live in or have recently travelled to an area known for dense tick populations, that are experiencing any of these symptoms, should seek prompt medical attention!
- OklahomaPoison.org: http://www.oklahomapoison.org/general/tick.asp
- CDC.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/signs_symptoms/index.html