Watch for the Bulls-Eye in Lyme Disease, By Dr. Armando Samaniego
Oct 31, 2016 10:57AM ● Published by Elena Hutslar
Dr. Armando Samaniego, Chief Medical Officer, STAT MED Urgent Care
While out enjoying hiking in the beautiful hills of Diablo Valley, it is good to be aware of the potential risk of a tick bite, which may lead to Lyme disease. I first learned about Lyme disease during medical school on the East Coast, not far from where it was originally identified, in Lyme, Connecticut. It is also prevalent on the West Coast because of our tall grassy hills and abundant deer population, which carries this particular tick.
Not All Rashes Are Alike
An infection can occur only if the tick attaches to your skin for at least a day. If you believe you have been bitten or see a tick on your skin, look for a rash that resembles a target. It will be circular in nature, with a red border. This “bulls-eye “pattern is a classic sign for Lyme disease. You may not experience a rash but have flu-like symptoms, as well as muscle or joint pain.
A Lyme disease rash is often mistaken for a spider bite or even poison ivy, however, it is not as itchy as those common rashes, and it is rather warm and tender to the touch. If you are concerned at all, please consult a physician who can screen for the infection with a blood test.
If caught early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics and managed to avoid other health issues like swelling and skin or memory problems.
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