Tick Lyme Disease Symptoms

Lyme disease, named for the town in Connecticut where it was first identified and diagnosed, is a tick-borne illness that can cause debilitating symptoms and death in humans and animals. Although humans are rarely primary hosts of ticks, they do contract tick bites when in wooded areas.

In Lyme, Conn., in the 1970s, several instances of unexplained arthritis first spurred inquiry. These symptoms were discovered to be caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, and the disease was named Lyme disease. Besides joint pain it also manifests as fever and flulike symptoms. These symptoms may appear individually or simultaneously.

Lyme disease can lead to paralysis. The nervous system of a victim may also be compromised. If left untreated, Lyme disease can prove fatal. It is therefore imperative that medical help be sought at the first occurrence of any Lyme-like symptoms. Because Lyme disease symptoms tend to resemble those of other, less life-threatening diseases, let your physician know that you have come into contact with a tick.