If you have had a tick bite lately, watch out for red rashes and flu-like symptoms, see if you have aggravating joint pains, and be mindful of neurological symptoms, since you could be infected with Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite that may lead to disabilities and complications including Chronic arthritis, permanent joint pain, meningitis, heart inflammation and abnormalities, memory problems, and many other unpleasant side effects.
Lyme disease may not take away your life, but it can seriously damage your future. This disease can complicate your health in many different ways, and so it is best to watch out for these symptoms following a tick bite to best avoid getting Lyme disease.
Watch out for red rashes and flu-like symptoms
The first and earliest symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash within the spot of the tick bite accompanied by flu-like symptoms, such as fever, muscle and joint pains, headache, and chills. The rash usually gets larger and spreads over time, while the flu-like symptoms can last over quite a long period of time. When these symptoms begin, do not hesitate to visit your doctor for proper diagnosis and immediate treatment. Usually, antibiotics prescribed by your physician will cure the infection at the early stage of Lyme disease.
See if you have aggravating joint pains
There are other patients who do not experience the early symptoms of Lyme disease. You may not be aware that the infection is spreading and getting worse inside you when you start feeling muscle and joint pains. Joints can get more inflamed and painful over time if not treated immediately, some even causing Chronic arthritis. When you start feeling these pains weeks after a tick bite, consult your doctor to avoid further complications.
Be mindful of neurological symptoms
Lyme disease may reveal some neurological symptoms that usually occur during the later untreated stage of the infection. These symptoms include numbness in arms and legs, poor focus and memory retention, stiff neck, and even facial nerve paralysis. Other symptoms that accompany these neurological signs during the later stage of Lyme disease include fainting and heart problems.
When you experience any uncomfortable feeling and or body pain days or weeks after a tick bite, always consult your doctor. Go for a check up and diagnosis even without the red rash and other symptoms that usually indicate Lyme disease so you can immediately obtain proper treatment. It is also important to know that not all Lyme disease patients experience the same or go through all the symptoms. Others show a few symptoms, while some patients with other existing diseases show more symptoms of Lyme disease. Other symptoms include sore throat, jaw pain, eye inflammation, ear infection, and even liver problems.