How could you tell whether someone has Lyme disease?

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.
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.

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Can you tell me how is Lyme disease tested?

Blood test. Simple blood test are very helpful. If the screening test is positive then another blood test, the western blot, is done to confirm. Read more...

Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Lyme disease. As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, and nervous system. Read more...
Not always. Lyme disease is insidious, and it is not at all uncommon for long periods of time to go by with no symptoms of any kind. It may not even be clear from blood tests, but lab testing is almost always a more accurate way of staging the disease than relying on clinical symptoms. Read more...

What can you tell me about Lyme disease testing? What are symptoms that would warrant getting tested?

Varied features. Lysis testing involves blood tests. There is a screening Lyme test and a Western Blot that is more specific. Symptoms vary and are often missed. Typical rash( bulls eye lesion ) may be seen fatigue, joint pain, neurological changes like facial numbness or Bell's palsy and many others. Read more...