Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Lyme disease is generally difficult to diagnose because its symptoms tend to be similar to other diseases. The easiest way to find out if you have the disease or not is through a skin rash examination of the unique shape. The doctor may ask for a history of bitten animals, although many people can not remember being bitten by an animal.
If the patient can not remember being bitten by an animal and the rash is not really unique, the doctor will recommend that you undergo a blood test to confirm the diagnosis. This examination will be conducted periodically for approximately one month since the estimated transmission. In a blood test procedure, your doctor will check for the presence and levels of antibodies against Lyme disease in your blood. The results only prove that the patient had been infected with this bacteria without knowing whether the infection is still active or not.
Patients with impaired nervous system should also be examined for spinal fluid. The goal is the same to detect inflammation in the brain or central nervous system and levels of antibodies against these bacteria.