Lyme Disease Rash - Discussion on this Symptom
Are you suffering from what you think is a Lyme disease rash?
Lyme disease is a condition which is spread by different types of ticks. Ticks worldwide and throughout the United States carry bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which spread to humans when they are bitten by ticks.
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While the bulk of Lyme disease cases are reported in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey, Lyme disease can be found in any states that have ticks.
Most of the ticks which are responsible for reported cases of Lyme disease are deer ticks. These pests can be found in grassy areas as well as among woods and forested areas; they also prefer wetter areas. In the southern regions, the black legged tick is a carrier and responsible for many cases of Lyme disease.
What is Lyme Disease?
When an infected tick bites a person, the bacteria they carry goes into the blood stream of the person and causes an infection. In most cases, it is not considered to be life threatening, but Lyme disease has been known to attack the joints and cause people who suffer from the disease long term health effects when it is not treated in time. When left undiagnosed and untreated, the bacteria have been found to spread to the heart and nervous system, causing life long damage to these areas.
Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease
The symptoms of Lyme disease can sometimes be mistaken for something else. Often, a few days to a couple of weeks following a tick bite, a person might experience flu-like symptoms which will go away without treatment. This illness usually occurs in the summer months, when it's unusual to get the flu.
How about rashes - is there a Lyme disease rash connection?
Indeed, you will likely find that you have a rash, which is usually circular or oval and grows over time. For this article, we shall call this the Lyme disease rash.
Often, there will be a red spot in the middle of the rash, which is known to be the contact site, where the tick bit you. Around the little red spot, the Lyme disease rash will turn a whitish color and graduate to a reddish color. If you think you have a rash such as this one, trace the outline of it with a permanent marker to see if it grows.
If you have contracted Lyme disease but leave it untreated, you might notice that the Lyme disease rash disappears, but will reappear later.
The good news is that if you think you have Lyme disease, it can be treated and will usually completely go away if you catch it in time. It's important to consult your health care practitioner as soon as you see something which looks like a Lyme disease rash, or if you think that you have been bitten by a tick and experience flu like symptoms. Most cases of Lyme disease are easily treated with a couple of weeks of antibiotics, and when it's caught in time, there are usually no adverse side effects.
(Note: Antibiotics do usually come with their own side effects.)
If you suspect that you have a Lyme disease rash, whether you have experienced any other symptoms or not, it's a good idea to see your healthcare professional right away so that you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
In the meantime, when you are in areas that might have ticks, it's important to protect yourself with bug repellents, and check your body when you get inside for the day.
Also remember that a tick bite doesn't always mean that you will get Lyme disease. Only about 5% of the ticks in the United States are thought to carry the disease, so while it pays to pay attention, also know that you might not get sick from a tick bite.
To learn more about Lyme disease rashes and other aspects of the condition, read the other related Lyme disease articles and pages on this website.
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