Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) Antibodies (ELISA) Blood Test, from our experts to you.Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officermeet our doctors
What is Lyme disease?
What can I learn from a Lyme disease test?
What are the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease?
Limitations of the test
How to prepare for your test?
Frequently asked questions
When should I take a Lyme disease test?
It's best to take our Lyme disease test at least six weeks after suspected exposure. If you take the test too early, you may not have produced enough antibodies, which can lead to a false-negative result.
If you already have symptoms typical of Lyme disease, such as a bullseye rash, it's important to see your GP. You may be treated, even with a negative result.
If your GP confirms you have Lyme disease, they will prescribe a course of antibiotics, which may need to be continued for up to 28 days. People with severe symptoms may be referred to a specialist in a hospital so that antibiotics can be given directly into a vein.
What is the treatment for Lyme disease?
Yes, you can take our finger-prick Lyme disease test at home. We’ll send you everything you need including our at-home Lyme disease test kit and a pre-paid return envelope for your sample.
Can I take a test for Lyme disease at home?
Our Lyme disease home test includes a full lab analysis of your blood sample and expert medical advice including any next steps.
How can I check for Lyme disease at home?
Do all ticks carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?
No, not all ticks carry the bacteria. So, being bitten doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be infected, but it’s still important to be aware of the risk.
As ticks are only about the size of a pinhead, they can be very difficult to spot. You should check yourself for ticks if you’ve spent time in grassy woodland areas, and safely remove them as soon as possible, just in case.
Am I at risk of Lyme disease?
As you get Lyme disease from infected tick bites, you’re at higher risk if you spend lots of time outdoors. Ticks are becoming increasingly common throughout the UK, but high-risk places include grassy and wooded areas in southern and northern England and the Scottish Highlands. You can reduce your chance of being bitten by using insect repellents that contain DEET and staying on clear paths where possible while out walking.
Can Lyme disease be cured?
Most people with Lyme disease get better with a course of antibiotics. However, even after treatment, some people may continue to have symptoms for months or even years later. These can include joint pain, fatigue, or difficulty concentrating, but they usually improve over time. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent more severe symptoms and complications.