Lyme disease check to identify borrelia (BORR) bacteria in the blood
Lyme disease is transmitted via the bite of an infected black-legged tick, commonly known as a deer tick. Lyme disease is caused by four main species of bacteria: Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii are prevalent in the United States, while Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii are the leading causes of Lyme disease in Europe and Asia.
If you are bitten by a tick or have gotten a tick removed, a small, red bump appears at that point which should resolve over a few days. This is normal after a tick bite and does not indicate Lyme disease. If symptoms of Lyme disease persist, it’s time to get checked.
What does it test for?
The Lyme Disease test identifies levels of Borrelia (BORR) in the blood which indicates whether someone has contracted Lyme disease.
- Borrelia (BORR)
Who should get tested?
A minority of black-legged ticks bites will cause Lyme disease, however that doesn’t rule the danger of developing Lyme disease out. You are more likely to contract Lyme disease…
- If you are presenting with symptoms of Lyme disease in the days following being bitten or having the tick removed.
- If you live in a place that is rich in vegetation or woodland.
- If you live in Northern America or Northern Europe.
- If you go camping or hiking on a regular basis.
- If you come into contact with larger woodland animals on a regular basis.
What are the symptoms?
Lyme disease is most prevalent in Summer and Autumn. If you experience these symptoms, you should consider getting checked.
Rash/Itch: Between 3 and 30 days of being bitten by a tick, a rash in which the point of being bitten turns clear and a red rash spreads out in a circular pattern may occur. This pattern can appear in other parts of the body.
Flu-like symptoms: a headache, fever, chills, and fatigue could be indicative of Lyme disease.
The spread of a red color across the skin: also known as Erythema migrans occurs when the rash develops across the body.
Neurological numbing: Bell’s palsy, meningitis, and impaired muscle movement may occur due to the swelling of brain tissue in the later stages of Lyme disease.
How to provide a sample
Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to collect your sample.