The earliest sign of Lyme disease is a bull’s eye shaped red rash at the site of attachment. However, some people don’t notice the rash at first. Within three to 30 days, the symptoms will progress to include fatigue, chills, fever, headache and pain in the muscles and joints. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most cases of Lyme disease respond well to a course of antibiotics. But if left untreated, Lyme disease can adversely affect the heart, joints and nervous system.
The CDC recommends these tips for protecting yourself and your family from Lyme disease:
- Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave.
- Wear enclosed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck your pants into your socks and tuck your shirt into your pants.