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Lyme Disease Test - Overview
The lyme disease test is a blood test that checks for the presence of an infection consistent with Lyme disease. People in need of a Lyme test can utilize Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe a Lyme disease test at a local lab.
What Is Lyme Disease?
What is Lyme disease? Lyme disease, sometimes referred to as Lyme borreliosis, is an infection transmitted by ticks infected with Borrelia burgorferi, a bacterium. The most common ticks that transmit Lyme disease in the United States are Ixodes scapularis ticks and Lyme is thought to impact hundreds of thousands of people per year. Ticks transmitting Lyme disease tend to spread the infection primarily in the spring and summer months and predominate in heavily wooded areas.
Lyme Disease - Symptoms In Humans
Lyme disease symptoms vary widely, depending on the person and the stage of the infection. The majority of people infected with Lyme disease experience a characteristic rash known as an erythema migrans rash that starts within one month of a Lyme disease infection and often has the appearance of a target / bull's-eye. Other symptoms associated with a Lyme disease infection include fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, fever and headache. Longer term, Lyme disease can lead to symptoms such as joint pain, a facial nerve palsy, irregular heart beat and inflammation of the nervous system.
Lyme Disease Testing
Medical lab testing for lyme disease involves two steps - an initial screening lab test and, if positive, a confirmatory Lyme disease test known as a Western blot. The Lyme disease confirmatory test is used to confirm that initial test was not a false positive and typically does not require an additional blood draw. Lyme disease testing measures antibody levels that detect an immune response to an infection. Lyme disease antibodies can take days to weeks after an infection and can persist for years which can affect the accuracy of Lyme disease blood testing. Nonetheless, Lyme disease lab testing is quite accurate and is recommended, particularly in the setting of symptoms.
To get Lyme testing through Push Health, simply place your request online and a medical provider will review and, in most cases, approve your request. Then, you will get your blood drawn at the lab location you selected. Once your Lyme disease test results are available (generally in 4 business days or less), you will be able to securely retrieve them through your Push Health account.
Lyme Disease Treatment
Is Lyme disease curable? When caught at an early stage, Lyme disease is generally treatable. Medications used to treat Lyme disease include doxycycline and amoxicillin. Lyme disease is more difficult to cure when the symptoms progress past the early stage and into more advanced stages of the disease.
Lyme Disease - Summary
Lyme disease is a difficult disease to detect and lab testing is not always easily available through standard medical offices. For people who do not have access to Lyme testing, Push Health offers a convenient and affordable alternative to undergoing Lyme disease screening with the assistance of a medical provider in your area who can consult on your testing and, when appropriate, offer treatment.
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Last updated October 9, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.