Many signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are often found in other conditions, so diagnosis can be difficult. What's more, ticks that transmit Lyme disease can also spread other diseases. If you don't have the characteristic Lyme disease rash, your doctor might ask about your medical history, including whether you've been outdoors in the summer where Lyme disease is common, and do a physical exam. Lab tests to identify antibodies to the bacteria can help confirm or rule out the diagnosis. These tests are most reliable a few weeks after an infection, after your body has had time to develop antibodies.
Late Lyme Disease
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Lyme disease , also known as Lyme borreliosis , is an infectious disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium which is spread by ticks. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans by the bites of infected ticks of the genus Ixodes. Prevention includes efforts to prevent tick bites such as by wearing clothing to cover the arms and legs, and using DEETor picaridin -based insect repellents. Lyme disease is the most common disease spread by ticks in the Northern Hemisphere.
CDC currently recommends a two-step testing process for Lyme disease. Both steps are required and can be done using the same blood sample. If this first step is negative, no further testing is recommended.
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