Lyme disease is almost as common as the flu. People who live in areas populated with deer and who are surrounded by grassy areas are usually affected. My suggestion, stay city! The burbs are for marathoners who enjoy treking several miles to and from each day and for those who enjoy the wilderness. Lyme disease or Borrelia is the bacteria that a person becomes infected with when they get lyme disease. Currently when testing for lyme disease physician's usually test for IGM and IGG antibodies. The IGM antibodies can be detected in the blood approximately about two to three weeks of exposure or tick infestation- with a few weeks the IGM levels will begin to decrease. IGG antibodies usually take much longer and can take several weeks to become detected and once lyme disease is determined the level of infection within several months is usually high or elevated and it can remain that way for years. Testing for lyme disease should be offered as an over the counter testing kit not only for children and adults but for animals also. Let's say a family member has what appears to be a tick and they want to be tested. They go to their local ER or even urgent care. The people on staff who have many patients there probably with the same complaint, just remove the tick or the source of the complaint without any testing as it is always advised, "follow-up with your physician". So a patient does this, but it may be several days after the fact. Primary care physician's are usually extremely busy and the are expected to pull ticks and test and do many other things also including that of their specialty. Symptoms such as fever, muscle or joint pain along with fatigue are common, a lyme disease rash can also occur. The important thing is to make sure that if you have lyme disease that you find out in the early stages so that you are not dealing with a disease such as lyme that can become chronic. Cognitive impairment or neurological problems can occur as a result of lyme disease becoming a chronic condition. The Borrelia-over the counter test can be purchased at any drug store. It will contain a few sets of tweezers, since you don't want to contaminate ones you may be using on a regular basis. It also contains Borrelia test strips and a dilutant used to cover the tick once it is removed along with some gloves and a few plastic cups and gauze. The Borrelia over the counter test can be sold in single or family packs. A person would simply remove the plastic cup and pour the dilutant into it and then put the top back on to it. Then you would put on the plastic gloves and take the tweezers and remove the tick or as much as possible and place it on the gauze. You then remove the lid from the plastic cup and put the tweezers with the tick into the cup. Make sure the tick has entered the cup before you remove the tweezers. A few minutes later you then take the Borrelia test strip and insert it into the cup. The Borrelia test comes with two kinds of antibody test strip testing- IGM and IGG. You can test for both depending on the severity of symptom. If lymes is detected the test strip indicator will indicate that you have lyme disease, if not the test strip will indicate negative. Once it is determined that lyme disease is present you can, visit your physician and do other lab testing or they will refer you to a specialist for bacterial infections for treatment. The great thing about the Borrelia-over the counter test is that it saves you time and money from going to the ER and urgent care until you can finally get an answer with the removal of a tick. The Borrelia-over the counter test,get the tick off without being ticked off!
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