Studies show that most people who contract Lyme disease don’t see the tell-tale rash, increasing the need for doctors and the public to understand that not single symptom or test result determines the presence of Lyme. Numbers are available, but the experiences of patients can help bring this point home.
There aren’t many occasions for counting yourself “lucky” to have a rash. But with the difficulties of diagnosing Lyme disease, a tell tale ring shaped rash accompanying your tick bite can make the difference between timely treatment or prolonged misdiagnosis and potentially permanent ramifications. Unfortunately, even with a rash many people are still diagnosed, so there are many symptoms people should be watching for.
However, it appears to be (statistically) more likely that you wouldn’t see a rash, even if you have Lyme disease. It also is surprisingly common to have the rash and still be sent away.
So, for the sake of helping others understand, please consider sharing the following answers in the comment section (you may have to scroll way down). The answer to this question, when asked in Lyme support groups, is always informative, even when you are already aware of the statistics on this.
1. Did you see a rash?
2. Was it ‘typical’?
3. Did you have a rash and still get misdiagnosed?
Please share with even a one word answer to question #1, or as much detail as you feel comfortable sharing. If you are not a lyme patient, take a look at comments here as an example of how easy this disease is to miss.
Please also share studies and articles regarding rates of Lyme patients reporting noticing a rash, if you’d be willing. *Also, it’s interesting to see who had the rash and did get timely treatment (success for otherwise).
Thanks in advance to anyone willing to share.
I had a rash, as well as Bell’s palsy, but did not see the rash until 2 moths after my tick bite, when a hair dresser found it. Despite rash, palsy, and countless other symptoms, I was misdiagnosed for over 3 years based purely on my state of residence.
Even some of the sources attempting to dispell the myth enormously overstate the likelihood of seeing a rash.