Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test, from our experts to you.
Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

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What causes
Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted through infected tick bites. These ticks are about the size of a pin head and are found in woodland and around heathland. If you have been bitten by a tick and haven't removed it within a couple of days, you may be at risk of Lyme disease.

What are the signs and symptoms
of Lyme disease?

A common early sign of infection is a circular, expanding rash that has the appearance of a bullseye. If you have this rash, you should consult your GP, but this rash doesn't occur in all cases. If left untreated, an infection can spread to your joints, heart, and even the nervous system. Symptoms of Lyme disease include headaches, fever, joint pain, fatigue and problems with short-term memory. Lyme disease can be overlooked because the symptoms mimic many other conditions, including arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia.

What can I learn
from a Lyme disease test?

Our Lyme Disease (ELISA) Blood Test can help to confirm if you have Lyme disease. If you have glandular fever, rheumatoid arthritis, or another autoimmune condition, this test could give a false positive result. If you have a positive ELISA result, we'll advise you to be assessed by your doctor.

You could receive a negative result if you take this test too soon after the infection date. If you are free of symptoms, please wait for at least six weeks after the date you suspect you were bitten or were in an environment where you could have been infected. If you are experiencing symptoms, we recommend testing as soon as possible.

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Borrelia burgdorferi IgM B. burgdorferi IgM antibodies are the first antibodies to be produced by the body following an infection with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Infection occurs after being bitten by a tick infected with the bacterium and manifests itself as Lyme disease.
Borrelia burgdorferi IgG B. burgdorferi IgG are antibodies produced by the body several weeks following an infection with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Infection occurs after being bitten by a tick infected with the bacterium, and manifests itself as Lyme disease.

How to prepare
for your test

Special instructions

Prepare for your Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test Test by following these instructions. You may need to repeat this test 6 weeks following the first test. Please include details of any recent foreign travel on your form.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I get a Lyme disease test in the UK?

If you are in the UK, you can use a private blood test such as our Lyme disease (ELISA) Blood Test. This test can be taken either as a finger-prick test from the comfort of your own home or via a venous collection (where blood is taken from a vein in your arm).

How long does a Lyme disease blood test take?

After you have taken and posted your sample, and your test has arrived at the lab, we estimate that it will take four working days for your results to be displayed. You will be notified when your sample has arrived and also when your results have been uploaded to MyMedichecks.

Who’s at risk of Lyme disease?

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