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What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

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Early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes.

In about 70% to 80% of infections, a rash will appear.

You may also get:

  • Severe headache or neck stiffness
  • Additional rashes on other areas of the body
  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly in the knees
  • Loss of muscle tone or “drooping” on one or both sides of the face.
  • Heart palpitation or an irregular heartbeat
  • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet

From: Lyme Disease: Important Facts to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC website.

Alan Taege, MD, Department of Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic.

EPA: “Climate Change Indicators in the United States.”

American College of Rheumatology.

Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Eisen, R. , March 2016. J Med Entomol

Paul Mead, MD, chief of epidemiology and surveillance activity, Bacterial Diseases Branch, CDC.

John Aucott, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center.

Press release, Valneva. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 25, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC website.

Alan Taege, MD, Department of Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic.

EPA: “Climate Change Indicators in the United States.”

American College of Rheumatology.

Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Eisen, R. , March 2016. J Med Entomol

Paul Mead, MD, chief of epidemiology and surveillance activity, Bacterial Diseases Branch, CDC.

John Aucott, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center.

Press release, Valneva. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 25, 2018

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