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How do you know if you have Lyme disease?

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A blood test can tell if an infected tick bit you. If so, antibiotics can get rid of the infection and its symptoms. It’s common to get a “false positive" early in the infection. Even if you get one, don’t delay your treatment. There are also things called “objective findings” that can lead to a Lyme disease diagnosis. These can include:

  • Arthritis
  • Rash
  • Heart problems
  • Neurologic problems
  • Bell's palsy
  • Joint swelling

From: Is It RA or Lyme Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “Neurological manifestations of Lyme Disease, the new Great Imitator.”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?” “Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

Lymedisease.org: “About Lyme Disease,” “Lyme Disease Symptoms,” “Chronic Lyme Disease,” “Early Lyme Disease.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 30, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “Neurological manifestations of Lyme Disease, the new Great Imitator.”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?” “Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment.”

Lymedisease.org: “About Lyme Disease,” “Lyme Disease Symptoms,” “Chronic Lyme Disease,” “Early Lyme Disease.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 30, 2019

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