4. Timing is key
Lyme disease is curable, if treated early. Treatment and recovery is often complicated if the infection becomes chronic.
5. Lyme disease can disable
Lyme disease typically begins with a fever, chills, headaches, fatigue and joint pain. Some experience Bell’s palsy or a bull’s eye rash. If left untreated, it can spread to the heart, brain and nervous system, rendering someone unable to work, go to school or function independently.
6. Multiple possible infections
Unfortunately, Lyme disease isn’t the only pathogen carried by blacklegged ticks. You can also contract other bacterial infections such as Bartonella and Ehrlichiosis, or a parasite called Babesia.