First Symptoms of Lyme Disease - Early Signs
What are the first symptoms of Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an ailment that is most commonly associated with a tick bite and usually occurs during the summer months, when ticks are out in full force.
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Unfortunately, many of the early symptoms are often confused with other ailments and conditions and are ignored. In some cases, individuals might not have any early symptoms at all, allowing the disease to progress into something serious. This is something for you to take note of if you suspect you have this condition.
The first symptoms of Lyme disease usually occur within days to weeks after the infection develops. Usually referred to as early Lyme disease, the symptoms are often mistaken for a cold, sinus infection, or even the flu. However, the symptoms will not go away on their own and will continue to worsen over time.
Some of the common first symptoms of Lyme disease include chills, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headaches, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. The most common early symptom of Lyme disease is a lack of physical energy, or overall tiredness. Of course, if you've been out hiking in the woods, then you might simply confuse this with physical exertion and not recognize it as a sign of something more serious.
Another symptom of Lyme disease referred to as Erythema migrans is also common and is a skin rash. It begins as a circular rash that will continue to grow. It normally develops around 7 days after the initial infection sets in, although it could take as long as a month to show up.
As the rash grows, the center might clear, giving the rash the appearance of a bull's eye. It might also appear on other parts of the body as well, in different shapes and sizes. Although it is not usually painful, it might be warm to the touch.
One of the main differences between the Erythema migrans and other rashes caused by insect bites or allergic reactions is that the Erythema migrans will continue to grow, whereas other rashes should disappear after a couple of days.
Sometimes, people simply do not have any early or first symptoms of Lyme disease and do not even develop the rash itself. In these instances, the individual might pass right on into the later stages of the disease, which are more serious.
If left untreated, the first symptoms of Lyme disease can progress into a more severe stage which can present serious side effects and even more serious symptoms. Once it has passed into a later stage, it can be more difficult to treat, especially with home remedies and natural health cures. Therefore, it is important to treat Lyme disease as soon as it is suspected.
One of the first things that a physician will likely ask you when Lyme disease is suspected is whether or not you have recently had a tick bite. Of course, not everyone remembers being bitten by something as small as a tick, and some bites even go unnoticed. More often than not, the Erythema migrans will appear where the tick bite occurred, which could be your first clue that Lyme disease is the culprit of your ailments.
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