How long the changes last: Signs of Lyme disease include skin rash and painful inflammation of joints particularly the knees , accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Accessed January 11, There's also "textual bombardment," which makes it nearly impossible to read more than two or three consecutive sentences without losing focus. If diagnosed in the early stages, Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics. It's not clear exactly why this happens, but it's likely to be related to overactivity of your immune system rather than persistent infection.
The varicella-zoster virus causes Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, in which patients often have a history of ear pain, peripheral facial paralysis, and a rash located in the ear canal. In some cases, especially if cancerous tumors are involved, the facial nerve may be altered to obtain clear removal of the tumor. If you were in Europe when bit by a tick, you may see changes to your skin in this late stage. Named after a 19th century Scottish surgeon, Bell's palsy is actually a diagnosis of exclusion — meaning the true reason for the facial palsy is unknown. Nymphs pick up bacteria when they feed on small rodents, such as mice, infected with B burgdorferi.
Small patches of woodland are common in cities and suburban and rural areas. In the United States, most Lyme disease infections occur in the following areas:. If a person has been in an area where Lyme disease is common, and they have symptoms, treatment can start even without a blood test. Mayo Clinic Marketplace Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books and newsletters from Mayo Clinic. Letter from the Editor:
Help us improve NHS inform. There is still much more to learn. Lyme disease occurs in stages. Surgery or Medical Procedures Facial paralysis may be caused inadvertently by medical intervention or may at times be an inseparable part of a procedure in which the facial nerve must be removed. If you notice any signs of Lyme disease or develop a rash, get medical care right away. Used with permission of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.