Lyme Disease Symptoms– Characteristics and Treatments for Humans and Dogs

Lyme Disease Pictures

Infectious Ticks

Some patients develop a round, bulls-eye rash. This is the spot of the tick bite. Antibiotics are used to treat this stage of the disease. Symptoms for stage two of Lyme disease are not consistent, and may disappear on their own. Many patients that exhibit stage two symptoms do not have the rash that characterizes stage one. In addition to the aforementioned symptoms, many patients experience blurred vision, fainting, stiff neck and joint inflammation. Facial paralysis, hallucinations, nausea, and vomiting are not uncommon. Antibiotics are given to these patients intravenously, due to the severity of its affect on the nervous system.

Lyme Disease Symptoms

Tick on Lyme "BullsEye"

If left untreated Lyme disease moves to stage three and begins to not only affect the skin and joints, but may cause damage to the brain, muscles and bones. Symptoms, in addition to those mentioned in stages one and two, include sensitivity to light, confusion, memory loss and sleep disorders. This stage may develop months, or even years after being contracted. A round of antibiotics that lasts up to 28 days is the standard treatment. Depending on the severity of the symptoms and age of the patient, they may be administered intravenously. Blood tests are most often used to diagnosis the disease.

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