Symptoms of Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease affects the whole body cause numerous physical symptoms. It takes about two weeks from a tick bite for the disease to begin showing itself. However there are circumstances where it can take days to manifest or even months or years. Early signs include a circular rash called erythema migrans at the site of the bite. As the rash progresses it comes to look like a bulls-eye. Along with this rash an individual may experience symptoms similar to the flu including fever, headache and muscle aches. As Lyme disease progresses, these rashes can appear all over the body. In Europe an individual may develop a purple lump on the scrotum, nipple or ear. Neurological symptoms can appear if untreated including palsy of the face, meningitis, headaches, light sensitivity, and a stiff neck.
Radiculoneuritis and encephalitis may also manifest and lead to altered mental states. If the disease is not treated the patient can experience severe chronic pain in the joints, paraplegia and ployneuropathy including tingling in the hands and feet. The individual may also have a hard time concentrating or have short term memory loss. Psychological effects can include anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis and somatoform delusions.