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What are the general symptoms of Lyme disease?

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In summary, general symptoms may include:

If untreated, you may develop a generalized, painful kind of arthritis, with swelling, weeks later.

  • A circular, bull's-eye rash, often with a clear center, expanding to 8 inches or more and lasting 2 to 4 weeks
  • Any type of rash following a tick bite
  • Flu-like symptoms such as headache, fatigue, fever, chills, sore throat, and aching muscles and joints
  • Paralysis, most often of the face
  • Memory impairment
  • Random areas of tingling or numbness
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Stiff neck
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Heart palpitations
  • Irregular heartbeat, chest pain, or dizziness
  • Psychological changes, including depression

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 20, 2017

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 20, 2017

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