How To Test For Lyme Disease

by | Nov 20, 2019 | Blog, Research, Traveling

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With Lyme disease becoming an increasing concern and cases shown to be on the rise throughout the United States, its important to understand the signs, symptoms and how to test for Lyme Disease. When left untreated, Lyme disease can have severely damaging effects to our overall health. Make sure you know the basics!

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How To Spot The Signs  

It can often be difficult to spot the signs of Lyme disease and you may have to rely on monitoring your symptoms. Since the disease is typically transmitted through ticks it is usually fever-like symptoms like chills and aches that will make Lyme disease the prime suspect.

This is because ticks are usually difficult to spot and are often painless. Lyme disease, however, is a multisystem inflammatory disease which spreads to the joints, nervous system and other organ systems.

Since the key is to monitor your symptoms, we have many examples of the rashes and spots that Lyme disease causes and remember you can always use our AI technology to test for Lyme disease.

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How to Test For Lyme Disease

If you’ve noticed symptoms that may be similar to that of Lyme Disease, it is vital you get tested. There are various tests you can opt for such as these below.

Blood Test

If your doctor suspects that you have Lyme disease, she may order two blood tests. These will look for signs that your body is trying to fight it off. The results are most precise a few weeks after you’ve been infected.

An example blood test is an RPR test. This test aims to detect non-specific antibodies produced by your body to fight the disease, similar to the ELISA test…    

ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test  

This test can’t check for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. It can only look for your immune system’s response to it.
Once Borrelia burgdorferi gets into your blood, your body begins to make special proteins called antibodies to fight it off. The ELISA test checks for those antibodies.
Although it’s the most common way to check for Lyme disease, the ELISA test isn’t perfect. It can sometimes give false “positive” results. On the other hand, if you have it done too soon after you’ve been infected, your body may not have developed enough antibodies for the test to detect them. This will give you a “negative” result even though you do have Lyme disease.

AI Technology 

Lyme disease often leaves unique marks on the skin around the infected area, typically defined as welts or ‘rings’ they can be difficult to indentify. As our AI has become more complex we have developed testing capabilities for Lyme disease with 80% accuracy, in many cases this may be more accurate than your GP. Give it a try today, you may have a skin condition that can be treated from home…  

 

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