Lyme Disease Symptoms

If you were bitten by a tick and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately.

Lyme disease can affect many body systems including the joints, heart, and brain. It is a progressive disease which becomes more debilitating and harder to treat the longer a person has been infected. Not everyone who is bitten by a tick will experience the full range of symptoms. Often, symptoms may disappear on their own, or will resolve entirely after treatment. Further questions or concerns can be brought to your health care provider.

Initial Signs

  • Erythema migrans rash — aka the “bulls-eye” rash, often expanding from the tick bite but can spread to other areas of the body. It symptom does not always appear.
  • Flu-like symptoms including headache, body aches, fever, malaise, etc.
Erythema migrans

Erythema migrans rash

Lyme Disease

Bell's palsy

Bell's palsy (facial palsy)

  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Increasing headaches
  • Bell's palsy — Muscle weakness in the face
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sleep distrubances