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Can Lyme disease cause arthritis?

Can Lyme disease cause arthritis? The answer is yes.

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According to WebMD, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by a tick. The disease can enter the bloodstream if the tick bite is not treated within six months. It then becomes a chronic condition that causes fatigue, arthritis and cognitive difficulties.

Below are some symptoms of Lyme disease which may or may not develop in each case:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Painful & swollen joints
  • Pain or numbness in limbs
  • Temporary paralysis of facial muscles
  • Appearance of a oval-shaped rash
  • Irregular or slow heartbeat
  • Eye inflammation

You need to recognize and tell your doctor about any of the above symptoms to ensure a proper diagnosis. Two antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease are doxycycline or amoxicillin. The antibiotics need to be taken orally for two to four weeks.  If not treated, Lyme disease can lead to arthritis, meningitis, Bell’s palsy, neurological and heart problems.

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