Lyme disease is an infectious disease contracted by being bitten by an infected tick. People who live or spend time frequently in wooded areas are at an increased risk of getting Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is divided into three common stages: early localized, disseminated, and late disseminated with symptoms sometimes overlapping or not displaying till later stages.
Common symptoms of Lyme disease may include:
- A flat, circular rash like a bull’s eye
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle aches
If left untreated, other signs may develop after a few weeks or months such as muscle numbness, short-term memory loss, irregular heartbeat, and joint pain.
If you don’t have the characteristic bull’s eye rash associated with Lyme disease, your doctor will ask questions during your exam and run a series of tests to confirm your diagnosis.
Treatment generally consists of antibiotics during the early stage of infection for at least 20 days, depending on your doctor’s orders. Antibiotics can be given orally or intravenously with infusion therapy. It is important to continue treatment as instructed, even if you feel symptoms subside sooner.
It is important to note that some patients do continue to have symptoms post-infection and treatment.
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