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Does Lyme disease always cause a fever?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: NO

Early lyme disease often causes symptoms such as fever (usually mild), fatigue, headache, muscle/joint pains, swollen glands & a bulls-eye rash starting within 2 days to a few weeks after being infected, but these symptoms may be brief & not everyone will have a fever. Once this early stage resolves, many other symptoms eventually develop, but fever is not a common symptom of chronic lyme disease.

In brief: NO

Early lyme disease often causes symptoms such as fever (usually mild), fatigue, headache, muscle/joint pains, swollen glands & a bulls-eye rash starting within 2 days to a few weeks after being infected, but these symptoms may be brief & not everyone will have a fever. Once this early stage resolves, many other symptoms eventually develop, but fever is not a common symptom of chronic lyme disease.
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Dr. Randy Baker
To elaborate further, there is no one symptom that Lyme disease always causes. Some symptoms like fatigue and knee pain are present in most with Lyme, but no symptom is universal and Lyme is known to cause virtually any symptom one can possibly have. This is one of the things that makes Lyme disease a challenge to diagnose and a reason for doctors to have a high index of suspicion regarding Lyme.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Lyme disease

It is a common symptom but is not always present.

In brief: Lyme disease

It is a common symptom but is not always present.
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