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Facts About Lyme Disease: Part I

tick-1271763_1280Most of us have at least heard about Lyme disease and know that it’s contracted from a tick – but that’s the extent of most people’s knowledge. In order to keep you and your family safe it’s important to know the details of Lyme disease, including what exactly it is, the symptoms and side effects , how to prevent Lyme disease and the use of Lyme Disease Elisa test kits in detection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year. With the exception of winter, when many, but not all, ticks are dormant, it’s possible to come into contact with a tick from spring through fall. That’s why isn’t important to be knowledgeable and aware of the risks.

What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an illness that’s caused by bacteria carried by infected Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks, and on the West Coast, black-legged ticks. Ticks are typically found in wooded and grassy areas.

Lyme disease can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart. Lyme disease is treatable, but it can cause serious health problems if you wait too long to receive treatment. Many people with Lyme disease don’t know they have it until their symptoms are advanced. Knowing the signs and symptoms will help you to seek treatment as early as possible.

To learn more about Lyme disease, continue reading our next blog post, Lyme Disease Symptoms & Prevention: Part II.

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment for Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease ELISA TestAs the season change from colder to warmer, the threat of encountering infected ticks carrying Lyme disease increases. Active people who spend time outdoors during the spring and summer months are the most susceptible to infection. If a tick carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium attaches itself to an individual, they will have the risk of developing Lyme disease.

In most cases, Lyme disease starts as a red skin rash that expands around the area of the tick bite. This bulls-eye rash occurs in approximately 70-80% of cases. Sometimes the onset of the rash can be delayed anywhere from 3-30 days after the bite occurs. In addition to the rash, early symptoms include severe headaches, painful or swollen joints, shooting pains, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

It’s important to seek medical attention if any of the symptoms occur after a known tick bite. In early phases physicians can make diagnosis by finding the classic red rash, but in later stages , physicians order laboratory Lyme disease ELISA test. This Enzyme linked immunoassay (ELISA) test can detect the antibodies produced by the body after exposure to the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.  In some instances a second confirmatory test may also be used to ensure the proper diagnosis.

Once a diagnosis is made antibiotics are generally prescribed. When treated in its early stages most patients recover quickly. However, in some cases patients are left with Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) which results in lingering symptoms. It’s best to seek medical attention early to reduce the risk of developing PTLDS.

Lyme Disease Test | Climate Change

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Cautionary tales are circulating!

Lyme disease may be on the increase due to global warming.

 

Experts agree that with the increase in temperatures and rainfall worldwide, infectious agents may also be on the increase.   Various insects and parasites  (and in the case of Lyme disease, ticks) can be seriously affected by warmer climates.   Leading scientists are predicting that there may be higher incidence of infectious diseases, such as Dengue, Malaria, West Nile, and Lyme Disease.

 

Health officials have reported that many areas of Europe, Asia, South America, and the U.S. have reported increased Lyme disease infections in their communities.  Are doctors, health practitioners, clinical labs, and hospitals prepared for possible emerging epidemics, especially that of Lyme disease?  Conferences have been arranged to discuss climate change and its correlation to infectious disease, such as Lyme disease.  Consider attending any upcoming event in your particular area regarding infectious disease and climate change.

 

Lyme Disease is transmitted to humans through ticks carrying a pathogenic bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi.  Tests should be ordered immediately if a patient has been suspected of being infected.  Typical symptoms of Lyme disease infection include:  fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash.  If not treated in a timely fashion, Lyme disease infection can spread to joints, nervous system, and the heart.

 

Lyme Disease IgG/IgM ELISA Test

 

Preferred Lyme Disease ELISA Tests and IFA Test Kits

Two commonly preferred tests are the Lyme Disease ELISA and Lyme Disease IFA – both designed to qualitatively detect antibodies present in the patient’s blood that have been triggered by the infection with B. burgdorferi bacterium.
To many, the Lyme Disease ELISA test is the simplest and most sensitive screening tool to identify Lyme disease antibodies.  Diagnostic Automation offers three types of ELISA tests: Lyme Disease IgG, IgM, and IgG/IgM combination.  If there is a recent infection, the doctor may order both an IgG and IgM antibody blood test.   Special features of the Lyme Disease ELISA kit are the safe and user-friendly test preparation and specimen collection procedures, and the timely fashion in which results are obtained — approximately 70 minutes.   Click here for Lyme Disease ELISA Test product page.

 

Another effective and inexpensive test is the Lyme Disease IFA test.  Lyme Disease IFA tests are particularly useful for, but not limited to, the diagnosis of Lyme disease in its later stages.  The system employes the Lyme disease spirochetes (B.burgdorferi) immobilized on a glass slide to bind with antibodies, while subsequently adding fluorescein-labeled anti-human immunoglobulin to cause the spirochetes to fluoresce.  Refer to our Lyme Disease IFA product list for various types of IFA kits.  Click here for Lyme Disease IFA Test product page.

 

Don’t be caught short this season.  Be prepared!  Order Lyme Disease ELISA tests or Lyme Disease IFA test kits today.   Look over our vast product line of ELISA Tests, IFA Kits, and Rapid Tests, in particular dealing with infectious diseases.  Those include:  West Nile ELISA Tests, Malaria ELISA Tests, Malaria Rapid Tests, Dengue ELISA and Rapid Tests, and Dengue NS1 ELISA and Rapid Tests.

 

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