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How To Identify Lyme Disease Rashes (And Their Lookalikes)

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans through tick bites. When a tick infected with the borrelia bacteria manages to transfer it to a person, they may experience symptoms such as fever, chills, muscles and joint aches, headache, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. In some cases of Lyme disease, a rash will also develop. The rash most commonly associated with Lyme disease appears as a red bulls-eye shape. In medical terms, it is referred to as erythema migrans.

In as many as 30% of people with Lyme disease, however, a rash may not appear at all, or a different type of rash can develop that resembles that of various other conditions. To help determine if you have become infected with Lyme disease, it’s important to know what the rash looks like, what it could resemble, and at what stage in the disease it appears. Read on to learn how to identify Lyme disease rashes (and how to differentiate between their lookalikes).

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Can Lyme Disease Cause Balance Problems?

Lyme disease often goes unreported because of the way its symptoms can mimic other health conditions. The borrelia bacteria, the culprit behind Lyme disease, is spread through tick bites. When a person contracts the illness, it can be treated with antibiotics, but if that doesn’t happen swiftly, the bacteria will make its way throughout the body, camping out in tissue and joints in an effort to evade the medication designed to kill it.

When the bacteria escapes detection, it can affect the entire body, including the heart, joints, muscles, central nervous system, and even the eyes. The prognosis for Lyme disease recovery varies based on several factors, with the main factor being how long it took to receive treatment. The symptoms caused by the disease will also need to be addressed – some of which may be neurological in nature. So can Lyme disease cause balance problems?

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What’s The Difference Between Lyme Arthritis and Osteoarthritis?

Lyme disease can affect the body in many ways. The initial infection typically involves symptoms such as a bulls-eye rash at the bite site, fatigue, muscle aches, and fever. Other symptoms that may also occur include headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and joint pain and swelling. These can appear at any time following the transmission of the bacterial infection; however, the typical onset is between one and two weeks after the initial bite.

Some people with Lyme disease may not experience the symptoms early on, or may mistake them for other ailments such as a cold or flu. When this happens, the Lyme disease goes untreated, which can lead to more serious health complications. One such complication is Lyme arthritis. But what is Lyme arthritis, exactly? And what’s the difference between Lyme arthritis and osteoarthritis?

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How To Test For Lyme Arthritis

Lyme disease can lead to many different health conditions. This is because the bacteria that causes Lyme, Borrelia burgdorferi, can hide out in the body’s lymph nodes and tissues and evade treatment from antibiotics, even in cases that are treated early. Unless a Lyme disease infection is detected immediately following the discovery a tick bite, it can also be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms and ailments often mimic those of other diseases.

Lyme disease is often referred to as “the great imitator” because of this fact. Some specific diseases that Lyme disease is often mistaken for include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and depression. In some cases, people with Lyme disease can develop a disease that appears exactly as rheumatoid arthritis. This condition is known as Lyme arthritis.

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Lyme Disease & Dental Health: Everything You Need To Know

Becoming infected with Lyme disease can lead to a plethora of different ailments, all of which could take months or years to develop after the initial infection. For those who seek treatment early, further complications could be avoided, but unfortunately this isn’t true in every case. This is because the Borrelia bacteria, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, can camp out in the tissues of the body and lie dormant before it wakes up to attack the body all over again.

Those with Lyme disease know how much of a struggle its symptoms can be. Some symptoms that late-stage Lyme disease can cause include arthritis; cognitive issues such as memory, concentration, and focus problems; lack of control over facial muscles; and chronic fatigue. But can Lyme disease lead to dental health problems?

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