What is Lyme disease
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection also known as Lyme borreliosis, Lyme disease is an infectious disease usually resulting from a bite from an infected tick.
Not all ticks are infected with Borreliosis, in fact most tick bites will not result in Lymes disease, but the infection is on the increase in the UK, especially amongst pet owners. Typically there is a round red spreading rash or target lesion on the skin where the tick bite occurred, but this can be delayed for weeks or months after the initial infection and not everyone with Lyme borreliosis disease gets the rash.
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
Some infection is only apparent as a flu-like illness in the early stages of Lyme Disease symptoms may include:
- A high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
- Muscle and joint pain
- Tiredness and loss of energy
All these are non-specific symptoms, which make clinical diagnosis of Lyme disease difficult, hence the need for an accurate and specific test.
A history of a tick bite followed by a flu-like illness within the next few months should be screened for the possibility of Borreliosis infection, with or without a classic target lesion rash.
Lyme Disease Test Kit
ALLTEST has developed a dual function IgG and IgM whole blood rapid test kit for Lyme disease , which works with finger-prick blood samples making testing in any location possible in 10-20 minutes. These Lyme disease test kits are scientifically proven to be over 98% accurate compared with laboratory tests.
The Lyme disease test kit will show if the infection is present, and also if it is chronic or recent by indicating the two types of antibodies produced to fight the infection.
Rapid diagnosis of Lyme disease enables targeted and specific treatment with antibiotics.
These professional Lyme disease test kits are ideal for GP surgery, occupational health and clinic use and mean treatment can be started quickly.