Stages of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease can develop in several stages. It may cause different symptoms, depending on how long you have been infected and where in your body the infection has spread.
Early localized Lyme disease develops days to weeks after you become infected. An expanding, circular red rash (erythema migrans) is the most common sign of early Lyme disease. Flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and headache may also occur at this stage.
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 (rarely) years after the initial infection and can cause:
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