Does the Bullseye Rash Mean Lyme Disease?

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

If you have a bullseye rash, is it Lyme disease, or could it be something else? Check this out!


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If you see a bullseye rash on your body, does that mean you have Lyme disease? Ticks carry a certain type of bacteria that can lead to Lyme disease.

The classic rash that is associated with Lyme disease is a bullseye rash. But, a bullseye rash doesn’t mean you have Lyme disease. It could be something else, like STARI.

Symptoms of southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI):

• Mild flu symptoms

• Fatigue

• Muscle pain

• Headaches

The rash associated with STARI can look like a bullseye, or it can just look like a regular rash. Another type of tick that can give you a rash that doesn’t look like a bullseye is called the lone star tick. It’s also called the northern water tick, the turkey tick, and the cricker tick.

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