Lyme disease can be terrible in its progression, but it is easily treatable when detected early. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of what the signs to look for are. Karen McGregor noticed what she first thought was a rash on her young son from playing in tall grass, but when she noticed that the shape and markings were similar to a post she saw on Facebook, she decided to take action. Thankfully her attentiveness lead to possibly saving her son’s life. She now wants everyone to be as informed as she was.
Lyme disease is most common in the northeastern section of the U.S., cases have been reported from all 50 states, Europe and even as far as Asia. In areas of high prevalence, more than 50% of all ticks are estimated to be carriers of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Since most patients never recall being bitten, it is important to know the symptoms and to contact you doctor if you suspect you have been affected.
The most typical symptom of lyme disease is a radiating rash that start developing within days to weeks after the bite. The rash will resemble a bulls-eye as the bacteria spreads from the bite site. Other signs of infection include flu-like symptoms, fatigue, fever and joint stiffness. Not all bites will result in a rash, so please keep an eye out for for any of these symptoms following time spent outdoors.
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