Learning about Lyme Disease: Dr. Josyann Abisaab

Lyme disease is an infection which is often misunderstood by parents and misidentified by the health community.  One of the reasons for the confusion is that Lyme disease manifests in many different ways in the body.  Another reason is that it varies so widely from state to state.

The most classic symptom of Lyme disease, and the one that most doctors like Dr. Josyann Abisaab, will ask you about is a rash.  The circular rash occurs at the site of the tick bite approximately 7-14 days after the initial bite. The rash actually resembles a bulls-eye.  Other symptoms are commonly flu-like symptoms including fever, muscle aches, chills, headache, fatigue and joint pains.

Unfortunately, when Lyme disease goes untreated, it can cause many problems including continued fever and fatigue, swollen glands, pink eye, aseptic meningitis, Bell’s palsy, arthritis and concentration problems.

If you live in an area where Lyme disease is more common, like in the Northeastern area of the United States, and you are exhibiting these types of symptoms, you should seek attention from a medical professional.