Black-legged or deer ticks can be infected with Lyme disease and transmit it to humans through a bug bite. It is caused by bacteria. Typically symptoms occur 3-30 days after getting the bug bite from an infected source. The extent of symptoms can depend on the stage of the infection. Just because you get bit by a tick does not mean you will develop Lyme disease. Removing ticks within 48 hours can decrease your risk of getting Lyme disease.
- Most cases of Lyme disease occur in California and Florida.
- All 50 states and the District of Columbia have reported cases of Lyme disease.
- Many cases of Lyme disease go unreported.
- 300,000+ cases of Lyme disease are reported in the U.S. each year. (estimate by the CDC)
Symptoms and signs of Lyme disease can include…
- Severe headache
- Neck stiffness
- Rashes (often look like a bullseye and can expand)
- Inflammation of spinal cord or brain
- Muscle tone loss on one or both sides of the face
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shooting pain or numbness in hands or feet
- Memory loss or confusion
If you think you have Lyme disease you should see a doctor. Certain test can be performed to properly diagnose Lyme disease in most cases. In addition, Lyme disease can have different stages with varying signs. In early localized Lyme it’s common to experience flu-like symptoms. Early disseminated Lyme can also cause flu-like symptoms but in addition, you may experience pain, numbness, vision changes, irregular heartbeat, and more. Weeks, months, or years after the tick bite late disseminated Lyme disease can occur.
Antibiotics can be an effective treatment for Lyme disease. Contact Doctor Roya for an in-depth consultation, diagnosis, and treatment.