Users' questions

Can I be tested for Lyme disease years later?

Can I be tested for Lyme disease years later?

No. The tests for Lyme disease detect antibodies made by the immune system to fight off the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. Your immune system continues to make the antibodies for months or years after the infection is gone.

How does a doctor diagnose Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis—based on the patient’s medical history, symptoms and exposure to ticks. This symptom checklist was developed to assist patients and physicians in the diagnosis of Lyme disease.

Are there any early symptoms of Lyme disease?

Only half of the patients with chronic Lyme disease recall having early symptoms. Symptoms are often dismissed by patients because they do not recall a tick bite or believe they have the flu. Flu symptoms outside of flu season should raise a red flag.

Can a western blot test detect Lyme disease?

This test might not be positive during the early stage of Lyme disease, but the rash is distinctive enough to make the diagnosis without further testing in people who live in areas infested with ticks that transmit Lyme disease. Western blot test. If the ELISA test is positive, this test is usually done to confirm the diagnosis.

Can a rash be a false positive for Lyme disease?

Diagnosis. But because it can sometimes provide false-positive results, it’s not used as the sole basis for diagnosis. This test might not be positive during the early stage of Lyme disease, but the rash is distinctive enough to make the diagnosis without further testing in people who live in areas infested with ticks that transmit Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis—based on the patient’s medical history, symptoms and exposure to ticks. This symptom checklist was developed to assist patients and physicians in the diagnosis of Lyme disease.

Only half of the patients with chronic Lyme disease recall having early symptoms. Symptoms are often dismissed by patients because they do not recall a tick bite or believe they have the flu. Flu symptoms outside of flu season should raise a red flag.

How to contact a doctor for Lyme disease referral?

Please note, however, we are not privy to the status on each individual offices’ payment/insurance practices or if they are accepting new patients, with that said, we do encourage you to use the information available to contact the offices directly.

Are there tick borne disease specialists for Lyme disease?

Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Disease Specialists. Lyme disease patients have difficulty finding doctors with experience treating Lyme disease. For the past 25 years, LymeDisease.org has been connecting patients with Lyme-literate practitioners who specialize in caring for patients with Lyme disease.