Lyme disease is actually quite a polarizing topic. There are some people who claim that there is no test for it, and there is no such thing. Others, however, suffer from this strange affliction and know that their flare-ups and symptoms are not psychosomatic or fake in any way. Basically, lyme disease is a bacterial infection that manifests in some unique and sometimes awful ways in the human body. It is primarily carried by the deer tick and infects people after they are bitten and fed on. Lyme disease can be treated early, which can lead to a cure, though it can also give you lifelong symptom flare-ups and be with you permanently unless caught early on. Here are some signs that you may be dealing with lyme disease.
1. Erythema Migrans (EM) Rash
There are too many different causes to count when it comes to a skin rash, so simply having any sort of rash cannot in any way be said to be a symptom of lyme disease. However, there is a very specific rash that about 80% of people with lyme disease will develop: the Erythema migrans rash (EM). This rash doesn’t cause pain, swelling or itching. Instead, it forms what appears to be a bull’s eye on the skin. It has a red outer ring, and a slightly pinkish inside. It can be about the size of a quarter or up to the size of a baseball, give or take. It’s a tell-tale sign that you have lyme disease.