See a Bullseye? You May Have Lyme Disease
When you think of a bullseye, chances are you picture a target up on a wall that you throw darts at, aiming for that small circle in the middle of a number of rings that would give you the most points for a win. When it comes to Lyme Disease, however, a bullseye is not exactly a winning circle.
One of the characteristic signs that indicate someone may have Lyme Disease is a bullseye rash. This is a red rash that is flat, not raised. It consists of a large red circle with a red dot in the middle of the circle, looking much like a bullseye in a target.
Not everyone who contracts Lyme Disease acquires the bullseye rash, but 70-80% of those who are bitten by an infected tick do. The rash appears in the area where a tick has bitten you, but the red marks do not appear until anywhere from 3-30 days after the bite has occurred.
Lyme Disease is caused by a bacteria that is present in infected ticks. The disease is not contagious amongst humans. Once you have Lyme, it can affect not only your skin. If left undetected and untreated, it can affect your heart, joints or nervous system. Aside from a bullseye rash, other symptoms of Lyme Disease can include joint stiffness, a type of paralysis and/or tremors. Late stages of the disease can lead to arthritis, neurological problems, nerve damage or meningitis.
Fifteen to twenty percent of the time, a bullseye rash does not occur with Lyme Disease. Other symptoms to watch for that may indicate the disease are fatigue, headaches, joint pain, stiff muscles or swollen glands. An infected tick can bite any part of your body without your feeling it, and a rash may flare up in an area of the body that you may not notice. Getting regular dermatological exams is an important part of your health regimen.
It’s important to have any type of skin rash checked out by a doctor or dermatologist. Anytime you or a loved one observes a rash on your body, particularly if it’s in the shape of a bullseye, you should call your physician, even if you are not yet showing any other symptoms of Lyme Disease. Marcus Goodman, DO, is a dermatologist based in Roswell, Georgia. Dr. Goodman is a dermatologist who is familiar with all skin conditions and diseases. With many satisfied patients in the Atlanta area, Dr. Goodman consistently wins top awards in his field for his compassion and his broad knowledge base.
Although Dr. Goodman is situated in Roswell, GA he attracts patients from the surrounding Atlanta areas, such as Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Suwanee, Dunwoody, Canton and Cumming. The friendly office staff at his practice, Goodman Dermatology, will be happy to arrange a consultation visit for you.