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Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that causes a distinctive rash, flu-like symptoms and aching joints. The rash begins as a small, red bump (A) that appears after a tick bite. Over the next few days, the redness expands and might resemble a bull's-eye (B). Fever, fatigue and a headache are a few of the symptoms that might accompany the rash.
If you suspect that a tick bit you and you experience signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, contact your doctor immediately. Treatment is most effective when started early. Left untreated — even if the signs and symptoms resolve on their own — Lyme disease can cause serious complications involving the joints and nervous system.
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