This is an acute, transient form of arthritis that is accompanied by a fever and skin lesions, transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. It is so named because it was first observed near a town called Lyme in Connecticut in 1974. The condition is now spreading and, although rare, is found throughout Europe and the British Isles.

The symptoms, whilst debilitating, are not particularly dangerous but the parasite is now known to attack major organs, especially the nervous system. The condition should be suspected if an individual has been in an area where deer are found. Any sort of insect bite that has a clear centre and red circles of inflammation surrounding it must raise suspicions. The tick may not be felt and a close inspection of the body after a ramble through deer country is important because if the tick is removed within 36 hours the chances of contracting Lyme disease is reduced. Symptoms such as fever, stiff neck and painful joints usually appear within four weeks.


If you think that you have been bitten by a tick, please see a doctor with knowledge of the subject. Prophylactic antibiotic treatment may be offered and is probably a wise precaution, especially if the tick has been on the body for more than 24hr. A blood test for Lyme disease can be performed but not for around three weeks after the bite, by which time early interventional antibiotic treatment is still possible but may not be as effective.

The use of antibiotics is necessary because alternative treatments may not be effective and any delay in destroying this bacterium can have long-term effects.

See Antibiotics.

See Arthritis if the disease process has taken a hold.

The homeopathic remedy Ledum 30 should be taken twice a day for one month whilst undergoing any orthodox treatments. If possible potency 6 should be taken every 15min if a tick bite has been noticed, for five doses.