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Lyme Disease: The Top 10 Questions

A tick bite could you start to experience a rash or symptoms of Lyme disease?

How soon after a tick bite could you start to experience a rash or symptoms of Lyme disease?

Symptoms of Lyme disease can start at any time between 3 and 30 days after becoming infected. The incubation period can lead to some confusion about the symptoms. If people don’t recall being bitten, they may think that they have flu.

The symptom of Lyme disease that is most well-known is a rash which resembles a bull’s-eye. This rash is known as erythema migrans. It occurs in 70 to 80 percent of individuals infected by a tick bite. The area that is directly surrounding the tick bite may be red and raised and could look like an average bug bite.

In addition, the rash spreads in a circular pattern which is darker on the outer ring and lighter in the center. But, not everyone who becomes infected with Lyme disease gets the target-shaped rash.

Classic Signs of Early Lyme Disease:

  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

Other people with Lyme disease experience more advanced symptoms of the disease. A stiff neck and joint pain may occur in the early-symptom stage or several months after the tick bite. Severe headaches as well as shooting pain in the body may also occur. Dizziness and changes in heart rate are also advanced symptoms of Lyme disease.