Identifying Lyme Disease Symptoms in Warm Weather

As the warm weather draws Minnesotans outside, it also brings out the state’s tick population, potentially putting individuals at risk for Lyme Disease. According to Dr. Frank Rhame, an Infectious Disease Physician with Allina Health, the early arrival of ticks this year is due to the warmer temperatures. These ticks, particularly deer ticks, are small in size but can transmit Lyme Disease if they remain attached to the host for at least 24 hours.

Dr. Rhame emphasized the importance of immediate action if a person suspects they have been bitten by an infected tick, especially if they notice the characteristic bullseye rash associated with Lyme Disease. While the rash is a common symptom, other signs of the disease include general malaise, swollen lymph nodes, and joint pain.

One individual, Myriam Trépanier, shared her experience of contracting Lyme Disease after being bitten by a deer tick during a camping trip in 2023. Despite not displaying the typical bullseye rash, she began experiencing severe joint pain and swelling months later. As a former athlete, the impact of the disease on her mobility has been significant, requiring regular IV antibiotic treatments and doctor visits.

TrĂ©panier’s story serves as a reminder of the importance of being vigilant about tick bites, even in unexpected settings. While enjoying outdoor activities, individuals should be aware of the potential risks and symptoms of Lyme Disease to seek prompt medical attention if needed.

For more information on Lyme Disease prevention and symptoms, consult healthcare professionals and resources such as the Minnesota Department of Health. Stay informed and stay safe in the great outdoors.

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