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What is lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an infection spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. Lyme disease is most common in mid-to-late summer when people spend more time outdoors. People of all ages can get Lyme disease.
What are the symptoms of lyme disease?
Some people with Lyme disease get better without treatment. For people who do have symptoms, they can come in phases:
Usually appear days to weeks after infection
Bullseye rash at or near where the tick bit the skin (also called a target lesion)
Fever with or without chills
Usually appear weeks to months after infection
Bullseye rash at or near where the tick bit the skin (also called a target lesion) or on other parts of the body
Joint pain or joint swelling
In rare cases, numbness or weakness in the arms or legs
In rare cases, Bell’s Palsy (drooping on one side of the face)
In rare cases, swelling of the eyes or heart
Rev. 4/2018. Reviewed by the MGHfC Family Advisory Council.