The characteristic bull’s eye rash, erythema migrans, is a common feature of Lyme disease pictures. Symptoms of this tick-borne infection, first classified in Lyme, Connecticut, do not always include the Lyme disease rash however, with estimates of incidence of erythema migrans ranging from 25% of cases to 75% depending on the specific bacterial strain in many cases. Where the rash does appear it is usually at the site of the tick bite itself in the initial stage but then may reappear or appear for the first time at a site far from the bite as they infection spreads.
Lyme Disease Rash
Other visual cues for a diagnosis of Lyme disease may include facial palsy, joint swelling and inflammation, with Lyme arthritis featuring in many patients’ Lyme disease pictures. Symptoms of Lyme disease, such as intermittent and/or transient joint pain, neurological complications, and gastrointestinal issues, are usually less easy to recognize visually however, whereas the Lyme disease rash is sufficient in itself for a diagnosis of the condition.
Recognizing Lyme disease pictures, symptoms, and the condition’s effects can help achieve early diagnosis and a better prognosis through prompt treatment. Where a patient presents with palpitations and dizziness an electrocardiogram (ECG) may be carried out to determine if an atrioventricular heart block is at the root of such symptoms. First-, second-, and third-degree atrioventricular heart block can occur as a result of Lyme disease although it is insufficient in itself to form the basis for a diagnosis.
Atrioventricular Block in Lyme Disease