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Lyme disease can go through several stages. It may
cause different symptoms, depending on how long you have been infected and
where in your body the infection has spread.
Early localized Lyme disease develops days to weeks after you become infected.
You may have:
In some cases of Lyme disease, the person doesn't notice any symptoms during this stage.
If Lyme disease isn't found and treated while early symptoms are present, or if you don't have early symptoms that trigger the need for treatment, the infection may affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and heart within weeks to months after the initial infection.
Symptoms may include:
If Lyme disease isn't promptly or effectively treated, damage to the joints, nerves, and brain may develop months or years after you become infected. It is the
last and often the most serious stage of the disease.
Symptoms at this stage may include:
Stage 2 and stage 3 symptoms may be the first signs of Lyme disease in people who didn't have a rash or other symptoms of early infection.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
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