Symptoms from Tick Bites

According to the CDC, tick-borne illnesses can present with similar early symptoms, including:

  1. Fever/chills
  2. Body aches, including joint pain and headaches
  3. Fatigue
  4. Rash:
    1. According to the CDC, 70-80% of people infected with Lyme disease, develop a circular bulls-eye rash. There is conflicting evidence on the frequency of the rash. Other research indicate that as little as 30% of people infected with Lyme Disease will develop the bulls-eye rash.
    2. The rash is known as Erythema Migrans. The rash that develops with STARI (Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness) is very similar.
    3. The rash associated with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever often begins after a fever, manifesting with small, flat and pink patches on the wrist that do not itch. The rash often spreads to the trunk.
    4. In Tularemia, an ulcer usually forms at the site of the tick bite, followed by swollen glands near the bite.
    5. Erlichiosis leads to a macular rash in many adults and children who are infected.

If these symptoms are caught early on, your doctor may choose to treat you with antibiotics. Be sure to notify your doctor immediately if you notice any symptoms after being bitten by a tick.

Symptoms of Tick Diseases in later stages can be very different and severe.

These symptoms can include:

  1. Severe headaches and neck stiffness
  2. Additional circular rashes on other areas of the body, similar to early onset rash
  3. Joint pain and arthritis, joint swelling, particularly in large joints (knees, elbows, ankles, hips)
  4. Facial drooping, known as palsy: a loss of muscle strength and tone usually on one side of the face
  5. Pain that moves around or is intermittent that can affect muscles, tendons, joints, and bones
  6. Irregular heart beat and palpitations (Lyme Carditis)
  7. Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath
  8. Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, which can cause a wide variety of symptoms including: nerve pain, shooting pains, weakness, tremors, numbness and tingling. These symptoms generally will occur in hands, feet and limbs, as well as in the face and head.
  9. Problems with short-term memory