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How could you tell whether someone has Lyme disease?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Lymes Disease

There is the classic bulls eye or target lesion rash that is the earliest sign but is often missed.
Otherwise there are other laboratory evaluations that can be done to determine if an acute lyme infection is active.

In brief: Lymes Disease

There is the classic bulls eye or target lesion rash that is the earliest sign but is often missed.
Otherwise there are other laboratory evaluations that can be done to determine if an acute lyme infection is active.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Hx/exam/blood tests

Suspicion of ld can be raised by a history of exposure in areas where the germ is prevalent, physical exam. Exclusion of other illnesses is important.
Blood tests for antibodies to the germ are first detectable weeks after exposure and paired tests weeks apart may demonstrate an increasing body response to the germ.

In brief: Hx/exam/blood tests

Suspicion of ld can be raised by a history of exposure in areas where the germ is prevalent, physical exam. Exclusion of other illnesses is important.
Blood tests for antibodies to the germ are first detectable weeks after exposure and paired tests weeks apart may demonstrate an increasing body response to the germ.
Dr. James Ferguson
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