Will Untreated Lyme Disease Go Away?Most people never consider the possibility that they’ve contracted Lyme disease, but the reality is that it can be very serious. Untreated Lyme disease can lead to significant long-term complications, including inflammatory diseases. If you or someone you know is suffering symptoms after a tick bite, it’s possible that they have Lyme disease, and you should seek medical care as soon as you can.
Lyme Disease—Misunderstood and UnderdiagnosedMost people and doctors aren’t familiar with Lyme disease and aren’t likely to attribute their symptoms to it, but it affects roughly 30,000 Americans every year. When treated with antibiotics, approximately 90% of cases are cured, and even without treatment, the majority of patients will soon recover.
On the other hand, some untreated cases will not resolve themselves so quickly, and people who do not follow the antibiotic regimen may experience fatigue, joint pain, and/or other symptoms. This is known as stage 1 of Lyme disease, but again, if left untreated, it can progress to further, more serious stages.