Lyme disease symptoms

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Deer ticks can be so small that they are almost impossible to see. Therefore, many people with Lyme disease never see a tick.

The symptoms of Lyme disease include:

• A flat or slightly raised red lesion at the site of the tick bite (can be larger than 1 to 3 inches in diameter, often with a clear area in the center)
• Fever
• Headache
• Lethargy
• Muscle pains
• Stiff neck
• Joint inflammation in the knees and other large joints • Itching

Signs and tests

Physical examination in advanced Lyme disease may show evidence of joint, heart, or brain abnormalities. These are complicated and readers are referred to other pages on this site.

Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi by immunofluorescence (IFA) or ELISA. Positive ELISA tests should be confirmed with a Western blot test.

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