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A test to diagnose Lyme disease

Lyme disease diagnostic test

The Lyme disease has been gradually gaining notoriety due to the increasing number of diagnoses.

Activity in the natural environment through activities such as hiking or camping causes people to be exposed to tick bites, which are the transmitters of the bacteria. Borrelia burgdorferiwhich causes Lyme disease. It is most common in spring, although tick bites occur throughout the year.

Stages of Lyme disease

This ailment develops if the tick was infected by such bacteria and the most important thing is to apply countermeasures as soon as possible.

There are three stages of Lyme: localised early Lyme or early Lyme, early disseminated Lyme or early disseminated Lyme and late Lyme or chronic Lyme. Symptoms of early Lyme can be detected as early as days or weeks after the bite and include headaches, chills, malaise and muscle stiffness. Symptoms of early Lyme disease include headaches, chills, malaise and muscle stiffness. Early disseminated Lyme disease is different and includes altered heart rhythm, pain or numbness, paralysis of facial muscles and problems breathing normally. Finally, chronic Lyme disease has non-specific symptoms such as locomotor or nervous system problems (uncoordinated movements), or even short-term memory loss.

Because of the seriousness of this disease, a diagnosis should be made as soon as possible if we believe we have been bitten by a tick or if we list several of these symptoms after having been in contact with farm animals.

Questions and issues to help detect Lyme disease-associated co-infections

Before the relevant blood tests are carried out at our Biosalud Day Hospital centre, we have developed a Online answer quiz to detect possible Borrelia burgdorferi infection. It is possible to perform this test from the comfort of your own home through this link. Here's how this simple Lyme disease screening test works.

The steps to follow to complete this test are as follows: You must carefully read each and every one of the headings that appear in this link, which explain the possible symptoms related to the Lyme disease. The answer should be that these symptoms must have been detected within the last 30 days. This relationship is important because often Lyme disease, known in the industry as the great imitator, can be misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, o arthritis or the Crohn's disease. Then you have to send the questionnaire and click on "consult result".

Once the complete test has been carried out, the recommendations from the centre are received. Biosalud Day Hospital we consider appropriate for the symptomatological picture described.

With this telematic advance, we continue to offer patients convenience and immediacy, and a simple way to find out if they have been infected by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria.

Mariano Bueno

Dr. Mariano Bueno and his team

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