Lyme Disease (LD) is a multi-stage, multi-system bacterial infection most commonly spread by a tick bite.
For about 70 to 80 percent of people, the first symptom is a red rash that:
Several days or weeks after a bite from an infected tick, a patient usually experiences flu-like symptoms such as:
After several months, arthritis-like symptoms may develop, including painful and swollen joints.
Other possible symptoms may include:Neurological symptoms
Some people may develop post-Lyme Disease syndrome (PLDS), a condition also known as chronic Lyme Disease, characterized by persistent musculoskeletal and peripheral nerve pain, fatigue and memory impairment.
Lyme Disease is usually treated with antibiotics. If diagnosed at an early stage, treatment antibiotics are usually given for 3 weeks.