10 Lyme Disease Symptoms

Lyme disease is an under-researched and often debilitating disease transmitted by spirochete bacteria. It is the fifth most reported of notifiable diseases in the United States, and is most usual to develop during the hot spring and summer days.

Lyme's wide range of symptoms looks like those of many other ailments, making it difficult to diagnose. Every individual reacts to the Lyme bacteria differently. You may have some of all those symptoms, and your symptoms may also vary in severity. 

Symptom #1: Rashes

The signature look of the so-called “bull’s eye” of Erythema migrans (EM) is the first symptom. The bull’s-eye has a central red spot, surrounded by a clear circle with a wide red circle on the outside. 

Erythema migrans develops at over 70% of the patients within the first 3 to 30 days. The rash develops in the area of the tick bite, with characteristic redness being present. However, no pain or itchiness ever develops. Warmth might also develop. Later, additional skin rash might develop as well. If you do have a rash, it's important to photograph it and see your doctor. 


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