Protect Yourself this Summer: Why Lyme Disease Blood Tests are Vital for Your Health

Summer—the time for sun, fun… and ticks? Here’s your complete guide to Lyme disease.

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What is Lyme Disease?

The bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi is the cause of the tick-borne illness Lyme disease. Tick bites that carry the infection can spread this bacterium to people. Lyme disease can cause a variety of symptoms, including fever, exhaustion, headaches, aches in the muscles and joints, and swollen lymph nodes. It can result in greater problems that damage the heart, brain, and joints if left untreated. To avoid long-term health problems, early detection through testing is essential.

Why Summer is the Ideal Time to Test for Lyme Disease

Although Lyme disease can happen at any time of year, summer provides a higher risk because of an increase in outdoor activities and a rise in tick populations.

Your Risk of Exposure to Ticks Increases

People typically spend more time outdoors in the summer, hiking, camping, or tending to their gardens. You are more likely to get ticks from these activities, which increases your risk of getting Lyme disease.

Early Detection means Effective Treatment

Effective Lyme disease therapy depends on early detection. You have a better chance of detecting the illness early and initiating effective treatment by getting tested in the summer. The many symptoms of Lyme disease can be mistaken for other ailments, so it’s important to get tested for Lyme disease. 

How Do I Get Tested for Lyme Disease?

A simple blood test is the standard for detecting Lyme disease. Blood diagnostics for Lyme disease, such as the enzyme immunoassay (EIA) and Western blot test, depend on the presence of antibodies that your immune system has developed in response to the illness. Your body is more inclined to create detectable quantities of these antibodies during the summer, when the disease is most active, improving the tests’ precision.

How LabFinder Can Assist You

At LabFinder, we understand the importance of timely and accurate diagnoses. Our platform connects you directly with diagnostic centers that accept your insurance, eliminating the need for a primary doctor’s referral. Here’s how we can assist you in getting tested for Lyme disease:

Convenient Appointment Booking

With LabFinder, you can easily book lab and radiology appointments directly with a diagnostic center of your choice. Our user-friendly website allows you to search for nearby facilities, select a suitable appointment time, and receive instant confirmation.

Streamlined Test Results

LabFinder simplifies the process of accessing your test results. Once your Lyme disease blood tests are complete, the results are sent directly to your LabFinder account, ensuring you have quick and secure access to your medical information.

Seamless Collaboration with Medical Providers

We believe in fostering strong connections between patients and their healthcare providers. LabFinder automatically shares your test results with your medical provider, facilitating effective communication and ensuring continuity of care.

Telehealth Services

In addition to lab testing, LabFinder offers MinuteMed, our telehealth service. Through MinuteMed, you can conveniently consult with a board-certified provider, obtain a doctor’s order for your diagnostic appointment, or review any diagnostic exam results, all from the comfort of your own home.

Taking Charge of Your Health

It’s essential to prioritize your health and take preventative steps to identify and treat Lyme disease, especially in the summer. Assuring that your Lyme disease blood tests are conveniently accessible and smoothly incorporated into your healthcare journey, LabFinder is here to accompany you each step of the way. Make an appointment with LabFinder to take control of your health and be secure all year.