Lyme disease is an illness caused by ticks infected with one of four types of bacterium. Different countries are affected by different species of bacteria, but all four will cause Lyme disease if transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. In the United States, the Borrelia Burgdorferi and Borrelia Mayonii bacteria are the most common causes of the disease.  To learn about the symptoms, treatments and prevention of Lyme, read on.

Lyme Disease Symptoms

The symptoms of Lyme disease usually progress in stages, but they can vary from person to person. The earliest sign of the disease is a rash occurring within 30 days of being bitten, with a similar appearance to a mosquito bite in the center and spreading out up to 12 inches wide. This is called an Erythema Migran and isn’t typically itchy or painful.

Other symptoms which occur in these first 30 days are:

  • Fatigue
  • Body Aches (mainly head and neck)
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes

In the later months of having Lyme, further symptoms can arise, some of which are more serious than the ones listed above. The rash can spread to other parts of the body if the illness goes untreated. The membranes surrounding the brain can become inflamed, causing temporary paralysis on one side of the face and numbness in the limbs.

However, the more worrying effects of Lyme disease are heart irregularity and liver and eye inflammation. For pregnant women, it can infect the placenta causing certain issues and disabilities when the baby is first born.

The most important thing to remember is that Lyme disease is rarely ever deadly, but it is still important to contact your healthcare provider immediately on noticing any of these symptoms.

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If a doctor diagnoses you with Lyme disease, they will often prescribe you a course of antibiotics. You should always take the medicine for the number of days the medical professional has prescribed, even if you start to feel better during the course. If your symptoms are worse than usual, you may be referred to a hospital for antibiotics via injection or whatever they believe will benefit you most.

A doctor may ask for a blood test if they are unsure of whether you are carrying the disease or not, and you will not be prescribed antibiotics until they are absolutely sure you require them. As Lyme disease is not contagious between humans, you will not have to isolate or social distance from anyone around you while waiting for the results to come back.


The main causes of Lyme disease are four bacteria carried by minuscule ticks, but there are ways to reduce your risk of getting the illness. If you spend large periods of time in long, grassy or damp woodland areas, you may have a higher risk of getting the infection as these are breeding grounds for the species of tick which spreads Lyme disease.

If walking through these areas, taking precautions such as wearing long trousers and keeping your skin covered is vital to avoid being exposed to ticks.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms mentioned above, schedule a consultation with us!

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