Can I get Lyme without a rash?

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With Lyme disease on the rise, many patients are worried about what to do if they get bitten. But not everyone who's bitten shows the telltale bullseye rash. One woman recounted her story in Shape magazine, reporting how her physician brushed off her suggestion that she had Lyme disease because she never had a rash. Despite showing symptoms of an acute Lyme infection, her physicians refused to test her for Lyme until she insisted on it after experiencing numbness on the right side of her body.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that not everyone who is bitten experiences a rash—only 70%-80% of patients do. Tell your patient to always wear long pants and...