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Lyme Disease Rash

Picture of Lyme disease "bull's-eye" rash

One symptom of Lyme disease is a red rash (called erythema migrans). The rash usually starts as a small red area and then expands over several days. The rash occurs at the site of the tick bite and usually gets bigger over time. Sometimes the rash clears in the center, so that it looks like a bull's-eye.

About half the people infected with Lyme disease develop the rash within 4 weeks. The rash usually isn't painful or itchy. It fades within 4 weeks, even without treatment for Lyme disease.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
Last Revised August 21, 2012

Last Revised: August 21, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology

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