Lyme disease is an infection that is caused from an infected deer tick. The deer tick is very small – about the size of a small freckle. Lyme disease occurs mostly in the Northeast, upper Midwest and Pacific coast areas in the United States. Only infected deer ticks that attach to the skin can cause Lyme disease and the longer the tick stays attached, the more likely it will infect the person. If you develop Lyme disease you might see a red bump that spreads into a rash that often looks like a “bulls eye” (pink in the center and darker red on the outside). Symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to the flu. Early symptoms may also include chills, fever, headache, body aches and tiredness. Later symptoms can include swollen joints and general weakness. Bottom-line; if you think you have been bitten by a tick, call your health care provider. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, go to the closest emergency room!
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble swallowing
- Tight throat or chest
- Lips, tongue, or face feels swollen