People who develop a “Bullseye” shaped rash most likely have Lyme disease and should be treated immediately to avoid complications, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says.
Doctors across the UK have received new guidelines today, on how best to treat Lyme disease and recognise all of its ‘darts’ related symptoms. In a report issued by the Institute for Health and Care Excellence, doctors have been encouraged to look for something called the “Bullseye” rash. This is commonly a raised, circular rash, in the shape of a dart board. But in some cases, the rash may resemble patio furniture, a set of golf clubs and even a speedboat.
Patients may also experience symptoms such as:
However, if treatment is delayed, more severe symptoms could occur, such as becoming incoherent and muttering the phrase “Super, Smashing, Great” or an inability to answer very simple general knowledge questions.
A growing number of high profile people have spoken out about their experiences of living with the condition, and the symptoms it presents.
Actor and singer, Darren Day ignored a Bullseye rash on his chest, in the shape of a caravan, for over a year. His partner finally raised the alarm when Darren began waking in the night, to tell his wife what she could have won.
The government have promised The Lyme Disease Association a £30 million investment. Last night an NHS Spokesman said “That’s theirs, that’s safe, they’re taking that home”