How long can you have Lyme disease and not know it?
People who were bitten by a tick may not actually know that they have been bitten. Thus, the tick could stay on their skin as long as it wants and would be able to transfer the infection. The initial symptoms of Lyme disease could also be misinterpreted as symptom of other conditions like flu.
The symptoms can begin at any time between 3 to 30 days following the tick bite. The incubation period can lead to confusion as the symptoms imitate symptoms of other conditions. If people don’t remember being bitten, they may think that they have the flu.