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:

Early symptoms:

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
  • Body aches

Later symptoms:

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

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Rev. 4/2018. Reviewed by the MGHfC Family Advisory Council.