How to test for Lyme disease?
“Blood tests can be carried out a few weeks after the acute infection but are often negative in the early stages.
“If a test is negative, a retest a few weeks later may be appropriate. Untreated Lyme disease can result in symptoms weeks, months or even years later.
“These symptoms may include muscle and joint pains, these are typically “migratory”- they move to one or more locations, and can progress to joint swelling and arthritis.
“The patient may develop heart rhythm abnormalities, memory loss, facial paralysis other neurological disorders or even meningitis. Treatment at this stage may involve oral or intravenous antibiotics for 2—4 weeks,” said Dr Brame.