6 Ways to Know You Have Lyme Disease

How do I know if I have Lyme disease?

The Center for Disease Control has a helpful infographic showing the most common symptoms from 2001 to 2010. In order from most common to least, they are:

1. Erythema Migrans (raised red ring around a tick bite)

2. Arthritis (inflammation of joints)

3. Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis leading to distortion on one side)

4. Radiculoneuropathy (disease of spinal nerves)

5. Meningitis (inflammation around the brain or spinal cord) or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain itself)

6. Cardiac (heart-related symptoms)

If you live or have been in a tick-infested area and present any of these symptoms, make sure you see your doctor right away! They could be signs of Lyme disease.

James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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