Lyme Disease Test

What are Lyme disease tests?

Lyme disease is an infection that occurs when you get bitten by tick bites. The primary aim of Lyme disease test is to confirm the presence of infection in a sample of your blood or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Cerebrospinal fluid is a clean liquid that moves inside and around your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The test observes your blood sample for antibodies that your immune system produces to fight the bacteria that are responsible for Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is caused by tick bites. It can occur in any part of the body. However, they mostly bite in areas that are difficult to see, such as the armpits, behind the knees, scalp, and groin. Small, baby ticks are the primary cause of Lyme disease. In most cases, you may not know if you have been bitten. A tick must be attached to your body for at least 36-48 hours for you to contaminate Lyme disease bacteria.

If proper treatment is not given on time, Lyme disease may lead to severe health conditions that affect your nervous system, heart, and joints. The key to successfully treating the disease is early detection. If the disease is detected early, it can be cured after some days of treatment with antibiotic drugs. If it is detected late, it may take more than eight weeks for you to start seeing the effects of treatment.