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Kidstuff SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: Lyme disease can affect different body systems, such as the nervous system, joints, skin, and heart. Symptoms are often described as happening in three stages (al- though not everyone experiences all three): 1. A circular rash at the site of the tick bite, typically within 1-2 weeks of infection, often the first sign of infection. Although a rash is consid- ered typical of Lyme disease, many people never develop one. The rash sometimes has a char- acteristic "bull's-eye" appearance. It is usually flat and painless, but sometimes can be warm to the touch, itchy, scaly, burning, or prick- ling. The rash may appear and feel MAY IS LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH! very different from one person to the next. It expands over the course of days to weeks, and eventually disappears on its own. Along with the rash, a person may have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, headache, and muscle aches. 2. Left untreated, symptoms of the initial illness may go away on their own. But, in some people, the infection can spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms of this stage of Lyme disease usually appear within several weeks after the tick bite, even in someone who has not developed the initial rash. A person might feel very tired and unwell, or have more areas of rash that aren't at the site of the bite. Lyme disease can affect the heart, leading to an irregu- lar heart rhythm, which can result in dizziness or heart palpita- tions. It can also spread to the ner- vous system, causing facial paralysis (Bell's palsy), or meningitis. 3. The last stage of Lyme disease can occur if the early stages were n BFWFV7FVB"&&FVǒG&VBЦVB7F2bFRǖRF6V6P6V"FRg&vVV2FV'2fW&vRbbF2gFW"খfV7FW2F6&FRB6G&Vগ27Bv2FRf&`'F&F2vF7vVƖrBFVFW"ЦW72'F7V&ǒFRVR FW"&vRG2$UdTD㠢vV"V66VB6W2"&G2r6VWfVB6'G2BrG2GV6BVw2F6W2"&G2W6R6V7B&WVVB6FrRF3RDTU@vV"ƖvB6&VB6FrFVR6VRF62&RV6ǒVWr"VVB&6"GV6VB6f"&FV7FFwB6BFRw&VBWG6FR6V6f"F62&VwV&ǒ&FF'2BWFF'2v66FW2B"gFW"VfrF6֖fW7FVB&V2औbRdBD4W6RGvVWW'2Fw&7FRF6f&ǒBG2VB"WFWBFFR6Vf&ǒB7FVFǒFRF6VFBWG2vbFR6b'BbFRF67F2FR6FwBv''BvWfVGVǒ6RWB( BFVvR6VB6W"F7F"bRF6R'&FFFR&V"7F0bǖRF6V6R7v"FR&FR6FRvF6WBFRF66VVB6FW"F&W6W'fRBFV6W"F7F"v֖vBvBF6VRFRF6FFWFW"Ц֖RbBw2FRGRFB66''ǖRF6V6RE$TDTCǖRF6V6R2W7VǒG&VFVBvF"FBvVV6W'6RbF&F7266W2FB&RFv6VBV6ǒ@G&VFVBvFF&F726fRvBWF6RW'66VB&RfVVƖr&6F&vF6WfW&vVV2gFW"&VvrG&VFVBFSF6&FW2FwBvVW&ǒW'B( BFBw2'BbFRFff7VGvrvWFW"6VR2ǖRF6V6R&V6W6RW7VǒV2F6GFVFF&&V26&RFRWBf"F62B&6W2B6W"F7F"bRw&RB66W&VBV6RG&旦RF2fR76"b( ĶG7GVfc( Ф6W"26V6W'BBBSS2RƆGFB&fP2RƆGF( "SsscS &&B6W'FfV@wwr66V6W'F'F6УSR"B2VFR#2FFR2VvR( "BӃ#b#SP6W&6Swwr涖G6VF&r44UDpUpDTE2wwr&V&6VG'vFWw26( vBWw>( C