The first indication you may have Lyme disease probably won’t be the bug bite.
Lyme disease is transmitted by tiny ticks. They’re so small, you probably wouldn’t even feel their bite.
If the tick transmitted Lyme disease, however, you may start to feel like you have the flu. You might even notice a bullseye-shaped rash on your skin.
If you see a tick attached to your skin, don’t panic. Get a pair of tweezers and follow these directions from the Centers for Disease Control to remove it.
Then, watch for symptoms of illness.
The CDC offers this comprehensive list of symptoms of Lyme disease, which first start 3 to 30 days after a tick bite:
If Lyme disease isn’t treated, the symptoms can progress. In the days to months after the tick bite, the CDC reports that you may experience:
People with Lyme disease are often treated with antibiotics, which completely clears up the disease in most cases.
If you suspect you may have contracted Lyme disease, see your doctor as soon as possible to begin treatment.
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