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How To Preserve A Tick For Medical Testing

In the summer months, with the warmer weather and longer daylight hours, ticks are out in full swing looking for their next meal. Normally, ticks like to feed on small rodents, cattle animals, and deer; however, if a human happens to make it into their area, they’ll latch on and feed without any issue. The problem is that some ticks carry infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rickettsia.

Taking precautions against being bitten by a tick is the first line of defense against the harmful infections they carry. Wearing light-colored, baggy clothes and wearing a bug spray with DEET are both helpful ways to prevent a bite. However, even the most tick-conscious people can fall victim to these dangerous little creatures. If you do happen to find a tick on you after spending some time in the great outdoors, it’s important that you know how to properly remove the tick, and what to do with it to get it tested for disease.

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Not All Lyme Tests Are Created Equal: Why Having Quality Antigens Is Crucial To Test Sensitivity

Testing for Lyme disease is of the utmost importance in the early stages. Early detection lowers the risk of developing chronic Lyme disease, a debilitating condition that can occur if the bacterial infection is left untreated. The only true way to diagnose and treat Lyme disease early is through effective testing.

When it comes to testing for Lyme disease, however, not all tests are created equal. Some are more effective than others at signaling an infection. The risk of receiving a false negative is generally low when the test is done correctly, but there are a variety of factors that go into each unique type of test to determine the best possible route of treatment following a positive result.

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Could Lyme Disease Be Misdiagnosed As Coronavirus?

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it in 2020. So far it has spread across six continents and caused widespread illness in over 22 million people. The new virus has yet to be fully understood, and a vaccine has not yet been produced.

In contrast, Lyme disease is a seasoned veteran. The bacterial infection was first documented in the 70s, but it wasn’t until Willy Burgdorfer, a scientist praised for his work in medical entomology, found a connection between the deer tick and Lyme disease that it was categorized as the condition we know today.

Lyme disease is also misunderstood by many medical professionals and can lead to long-lasting symptoms and chronic illness – even with treatment. Since COVID-19 is a virus and Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, what exactly do they have in common? And could Lyme disease be misdiagnosed as coronavirus?

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Can I Test Myself For Lyme Disease?

Our collective knowledge surrounding Lyme disease is something like an inverse funnel. We know a lot about how it is spread and contracted, but as the disease progresses, our understanding of it dissipates. One of the continuing problems we encounter is diagnosis. These are muddy waters, as Lyme exists in two very distinct forms: acute, which is legitimately recognized and lasts a number of weeks; and chronic, a far more malleable disorder that often mimics the symptoms of other diseases. Chronic Lyme is generally not acknowledged as a legitimate disorder, leaving patients and doctors undereducated about its symptoms and presentation. Diagnosis, therefore, is a major problem. This leads people who understand Lyme disease to wonder if it’s possible to test themselves for the disorder.

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