Lyme Disease is still a common tick borne illness
in the United States. It is caused by the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi. The first sign of infection is a large, painless, target shaped skin rash. Go to Google Images and search for "Lyme rash" to see some examples. If you see more than one of these rashes, it can mean that the infection has spread to the blood. If the rash is missed and the infection goes untreated, then infection spreads to other parts of the body. You would then experience flu-like symptoms, headaches, neck stiffness, fever and chills, fatigue, malaise, muscle pain
. Other findings are invasion of the heart causing electrical block, and central nervous system infection. In the final stage of the disease, patients develop arthritis and many other neurological symptoms. Lyme disease is treated with the antibiotic Doxycycline unless there is a reason it can't be used. Patient's are typically cleared of the infection if it is caught early enough. I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician
and show him or her the skin area around the tick bite. This way, you don' have to worry about missing a subtle rash. Good luck.