Posted: 6:03 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the blacklegged tick. The disease occurs in three stages, depending on how far the infection has spread in the body. In the early stages, antibiotic treatment usually cures the infection. Without treatment, infection may spread to the brain, heart and joints.
Stage 1 symptoms occur days to weeks after the initial tick bite and include:
Stage 2 symptoms, which can occur weeks to months after the initial tick bite, include:
Stage 3 symptoms, which can occur months to years after the initial infection, include:
SOURCE: National Institutes of Health