Top doc names one key signal of lethal illness as UK circumstances rise in stark warning

One of Britain’s top medics has pointed out a key symptom of a killer disease that is on the rise in the UK.

Incidents of Lyme disease have been steadily increasing in the UK for almost two decades, with a particular spike in the condition from 2018, according to the UKHSA.

People can contract he nasty condition, which can lead to life changing and debilitating ailments, after being bitten by an infected tick. In extreme cases, Lyme disease can be fatal.

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Infectious disease and microbiology expert Doctor Neil Stone has a degree of professional skepticism when people come to him thinking they’ve got Lyme disease. However there’s one symptom the doc believes folk need to stay vigilant over.

The doctor shared with his 40,000-odd X followers a picture of what appears to be bullseye-shaped rash. It has a red epicentre, that is encased in a outer red ring.

Accompanying the image, Dr Stone wrote: “I get many, many, referrals to our infectious diseases service with [?] Lyme disease.

“I am often sceptical.

“Unless I see this!”

Stock image of a tick
Lyme disease rates are on the rise in the UK

The rash may spread, be uneven in colour and typically is neither hot nor itchy, according to the NHS.

If bitten, the rash could take up to three months to appear following a bite from an infected tick, however it usually develops within one to four weeks and linger for several.

Other symptoms of Lyme disease include a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery, a headache, muscle and joint pain and tiredness.

Stock image of a rash
The doc said to look out for a distinct rash

More severe symptoms include pain and swelling in joints, Neve problems such as pain or numbness, heart problems and cognitive difficulty such as trouble with memory or concentration.

Lyme disease UK warn the disease is frequently misdiagnosed with conditions that share symptoms such as depression, MS and chronic fatigue syndrome.

One school of thought suggests climate change is making colder environments more hospitable to ticks, according to AAMC.

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