Lyme Disease is caused by a bacteria which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. About the size of a pinhead, these ticks are found in woodland and around heathland. If you have been bitten by a tick and haven't removed it within a couple of days, you may be at risk from Lyme Disease.
Many people with early-stage Lyme disease develop a distinctive circular rash at the site of the tick bite, usually around three to 30 days after being bitten. This is known as erythema migrans.
The rash is often described as looking like a bull's-eye on a dart board. The affected area of skin will be red and the edges may feel slightly raised.
The size of the rash can vary significantly and it may expand over several days or weeks. Typically it's around 15cm (6 inches) across, but it can be much larger or smaller than this. Some people may develop several rashes in different parts of their body.
However, around one in three people with Lyme disease won't develop this rash.
Some people with Lyme disease also experience:
Flu like symptoms
Pain and swelling in the joints
Using a blood-spot test, taken simply at home, we use the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) technique to detect antibodies or infectious agents linked to lyme disease.
We provide easy-to-follow directions with the test kit allowing you to take your own sample conveniently on your own time. No lab visits, no appointments.
We ship the test directly to you! Simply complete, place your kit in the prepaid envelope, and send it on to our labs.
Get highly accurate results from some of the nation's most experienced labs.
Your results are independently validated by a qualified clinical healthcare professionalto ensure validity and reliability.
Our home self-test kit is a convenient starting point for determining whether you may have Lyme Disease and we will give you indication of what you should do next.
This blood test (the ELISA test) can help to confirm the disease, but it is known for producing false positive results in people with glandular fever, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions.