What Are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease?


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According to WebMD, the symptoms of Lyme disease depend on what stage the disease reaches. Symptoms for the first stage include an expanding red rash, headaches and a stiff neck. In the second stage, symptoms include weakness in the arms and legs and memory problems. In the final stage of the disease, symptoms are swelling and pain in the joints and numbness in the hands, feet or back.

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What Are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease?
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WebMD notes that approximately 20 percent of individuals with Lyme disease do not experience any symptoms at all or only have virus-like symptoms without a rash present. If there are no symptoms present that trigger the need for treatment, or no treatment is given, the disease can spread into other parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, spinal cord and joints. Symptoms at this level of progression include irregular heartbeats and severe headaches.

If Lyme disease is detected early enough and properly treated, most individuals make a full recovery, according to Mayo Clinic. Even when the disease progresses into the later stages and responses are slower, many individuals can still recover fully. Treatment usually involves antibiotics, either administered orally or intravenously, according to Mayo Clinic. These treatments typically last anywhere between 14 or 21 days; however, some studies show that 10- to 14-day treatments are just as effective in clearing up the disease.

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