Lyme Disease: The First Sign is Not Always a Rash

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by ticks, primarily from an infected deer tick. Lyme disease infects approximately 300,000 people each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, some experts believe that the number is much higher since fewer than half will develop the bull’s-eye rash that is the well-known early sign of the disease. Lyme disease is commonly misdiagnosed when there is no bull’s eye rash. When these patients go to their doctor for other symptoms, it can take months or even years for them to be diagnosed with Lyme disease.

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