The only cure for lyme disease is antibiotic treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic. If antibiotic treatment is started during the early stages of the disease, a quick recovery is likely. If treatment is not started until later, treatment typically takes longer, but most people completely recover.
Initial symptoms of lyme disease include a bull's-eye shaped rash at the site of the tick bite and flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches and fatigue, according to the Mayo Clinic. If left untreated for several weeks or months, the symptoms can include joint pain and neurological problems. A deer tick must be attached to the body for 36 to 48 hours to transmit the bacteria that cause lyme disease, making early detection of tick bites important to prevent lyme disease.