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Blog / Lyme disease

Lyme Disease Complications

Sep. 09 2019 by Sheherzad Raza Preisler Blog Editor, PR, & Social Media Coordinator
Lyme Disease Complications

Lyme Disease is an illness transmitted primarily through blacklegged ticks which may carry the disease-causing bacteria Borrelia mayonii and Borrelia burgdorferi. You may be surprised to learn that you can only contract the disease in certain areas of the US. But what are the condition’s complications? The signs and symptoms vary depending on how long you have been infected with Lyme. The Mayo Clinic breaks these down well.

These symptoms may crop up within a month of infection:

  • Erythema migrans, or an expanding rash that sometimes forms the appearance of a bull’s-eye
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

These signs may appear if you have had untreated Lyme for a few weeks or months:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Erythema migrans
  • Neurological problems such as meningitis, numb/weak limbs, impaired muscular movement, and Bell’s palsy

And these are some less common signs of Lyme:

  • Intense fatigue
  • Hepatitis
  • Heart problems, like an irregular heartbeat
  • Eye inflammation

The Mayo Clinic recommends that you see a doctor if you have been bitten by a tick and present symptoms; it also recommends that you consult a physician even if these symptoms disappear, because the disappearance of symptoms doesn’t mean that the disease has self-resolved.

In the United States, you can contract Lyme disease in the following places:

  • Northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions, stretching from Northeastern Virginia to Maine
  • The West Coast, and in particular Northern California
  • Norh-central states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin

It is important to note that a Lyme-carrying tick has to be attached to your body for at least 24 hours in order to pass along the disease.

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