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Lyme disease is one of the health problems which are hard to diagnose. This is why majority of Lyme disease cases are usually left untreated and become chronic in nature. Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are quite similar with other diseases, which makes it difficult for doctors to diagnose the Lyme disease. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Lyme Disease – Signs & Symptoms

Lyme Disease Signs Symptoms
Dr. Peter Dobie
Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis
among medical fraternity, is in reality a
bacterial infection. Lyme disease spreads in
people through the bites of infected ticks.   Who
doesnt know what ticks are? We all have seen a
tick once in a while in our life. These are small
and spider-like things which are generally found
in forests or similar places. They consume blood
of humans, mammals and even birds. Ticks that
carry the Lyme disease causing bacteria can be
found all over Australia and in some other
continents also.
It's believed that near about 2000 to 4000 Lyme
disease cases are reported in different parts of
Australia every year. However, many Australians
get infected with Lyme disease when they are
travelling to other places such as North America
and Europe.   Lyme disease can normally be
addressed efficiently if it is really diagnosed
early. However, if it isn't dealt with or theres
a delay in treatment then the risk increases that
you might get severe and long-lasting symptoms.
  • Disease Signs Symptoms
  • Lymes disease create a unique circular rash at
    the part where the tick has bitten, typically
    around in 7 to 30 days.
  • The rash usually looks like a bull's-eye on the
    board. The afflicted part of skin or body becomes
    red, also the edges of the area where rash has
    developed might be slightly lifted.
  • Generally, the rash is about six inches (15cm) in
    size, but it can also become larger or smaller in
  • Some individuals with Lyme disease may encounter
    flu-like signs or symptoms within the early
    phases, which include fever, headaches, fatigue,
    tiredness, joint pain, muscle pain and neck

  • Later Signs Or Symptoms
  • If Lymes disease is not treated early then some
    of its symptoms might even take months to appear.
    However, majority of serious signs and symptoms
    start creating trouble within a few weeks of tick
    bite. Some of later and more serious Lyme disease
    symptoms are
  • Meningitis
  • Heart problems
  • Inflammatory arthritis (discomfort and swelling
    in the joints)
  • Issues arising that may affect nervous system

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