Lyme Disease (cont.)
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If you are bitten by a tick carrying Lyme disease bacteria, a circular skin rash often develops at the site of the tick bite within a month. The rash slowly expands and may become very large. Flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, sore muscles and joints, fever and chills, and swollen lymph nodes, also may occur. Lyme disease develops in three stages.
Early localized Lyme disease usually occurs 3 days to about a month after being bitten. If Lyme disease is not found and treated properly during the early localized stage, the infection may progress to the second or third stages of Lyme disease and involve the skin, joints, nervous system, and heart.
Early disseminated Lyme disease is the second stage. It may develop several weeks or months after you become infected and can cause:
Late persistent Lyme disease is the last and often the most serious stage of the disease. It may develop weeks, months, or, in rare cases, years after the initial infection and can cause:
Later symptoms of untreated Lyme disease, such as joint problems, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, severe fatigue, or problems with memory and thinking, may seem like other illnesses such as fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis.
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