Early localized Lyme infection; Lyme borreliosis; Stage 1 Lyme disease; Lyme disease - primary
The first stage of Lyme disease is considered the "primary" or early stage.
Not everyone infected with the Lyme disease bacteria gets ill. Among those who do become ill, the first symptoms resemble the flu and include:
There may be a "bulls eye" rash -- a flat or slightly raised red spot at the site of the tick bite often with a clear area in the center. This spot can be larger than 1 - 3 inches wide.
Signs and tests
A blood test can be done to check for
The tests are usually not positive in the first few weeks after the tick bite. They are often not accurate early in the disease. Early treatment with antibiotics may prevent this test from ever being positive.