Early Stage Lyme Disease, shortly after a patient has been bitten by a tick, symptoms will start to occur, the most common sign of early stage Lyme Disease is the development of a bulls eye rash. “Unfortunately this distinctive rash occurs in less than 10% of those who contract Lyme disease”
With the rash not manifesting in all patients, it can be difficult to catch in a timely manor to properly treat with a round of antibiotics as per the CDC guidelines. As we talked about in our misdiagnosis post, testing accuracy is also a concern in the early stages, but without treatment right away, Lyme Disease can go Chronic, and Chronic Lyme Disease has its’ own set of issues and treatment protocols.
“Treatment should not be delayed pending a positive test result if the suspicion of Lyme disease is high (exposure, tick bite, possible rash).” -LymeDisease.org
How do you know you have Chronic Lyme Disease?
When patients are treated for early stage Lyme Disease, not all patients overcome it with antibiotics, a recent study estimates that 36% of these patients remain ill. Other cases, patients are not treated with antibiotics soon after the bite and go untreated, allowing the spirochetes of the infection to spread, as well as co-infection, and manifest in Chronic Lyme Disease Complex. There is hope once it is Chronic, to learn more about treatment options, do your research, you can learn more here.