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Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test

Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test


Lyme disease is a debilitating, infectious disease transmitted by tick bites. This test is the first step to help confirm whether you are infected with Lyme disease.
Blood sample 2 biomarkers included Results estimated in 4 working days from sample receipt at lab
Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test
Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test
Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test
Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test
Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test

Is it for you?

You may want to check for Lyme disease if you have been bitten by a tick or are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including headaches, aches and pains, and fever.
A red circular skin rash around a tick bite means it is highly likely that you have Lyme disease and you should go to your doctor for treatment. If you have reduced immunity, including if you’re on immunosuppressants, you may receive a false negative result with this test and you should discuss concerns about Lyme disease with your doctor.

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Immunity

Immunity (2 Biomarkers)

Special instructions

Prepare for your Lyme Disease (elisa) Blood Test Test by following these instructions. You may need to repeat this test 6 weeks following the first test. Please include details of any recent foreign travel on your form.

From the expert

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. These ticks are about the size of a pin head and are found in woodland and around heathland. If you have been bitten by a tick and haven't removed it within a couple of days, you may be at risk from Lyme disease.

A common early sign of infection is a circular, expanding rash which has the appearance of a bull's eye. If you have this rash, you definitely have Lyme disease and do not need to proceed with this test. You should instead consult your GP at your earliest convenience to be started on treatment.

This rash doesn't however occur in all cases. If left untreated the infection can spread to your joints, heart and even the nervous system. Symptoms of Lyme disease include headaches, fever, joint pain, fatigue and problems with short-term memory. Lyme disease is often overlooked because the symptoms mimic so many other conditions including arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.

Unfortunately there isn't an easy single test to categorically diagnose Lyme disease. Our Lyme disease (ELISA) blood test can help to confirm the disease, but it is known for producing false positive results in people with glandular fever, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. If you have a positive ELISA result then we would advise you are further assessed by your usual doctor.

Important: A Lyme disease test can be negative if taken too soon after the infection date. If you are free of symptoms please wait for at least 6 weeks after the date you suspect you were bitten or were in an environment where you could have been infected. If you are experiencing symptoms then we recommend testing as soon as possible.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officer

Why take this test?

  • You have been bitten by a tick or have spent time in woodland areas
  • You are experiencing symptoms which you think could be Lyme disease
  • You are suffering long-term unexplained symptoms and your practitioner has recommended a Lyme disease test

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our UKAS accredited partner laboratories.

Dr Sam Rodgers - Chief Medical Officer

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Questions? Let us help
Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.