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Old 06-08-2016, 11:14 AM #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Trellie View Post
That is why it's so tricky, so a good doctor will run the appropriate tests.
That is why we need to preach about inspections after being in wooded areas. You are correct about the anesthesia, almost all insects do the same thing, you rarely feel a bite unless it was meant by the insect to cause you pain as a defense mechanism. If you are ´food´then they all use anesthesia.

There is only one real test for Lyme Disease, it is an ELIZA test that is extremely inaccurate and gives a huge percentage of false positives. The test also is ineffective early in the life of the disease, estimates range the ELIZA test will not show positive for a month or two. Most doctors will not rely on it for a diagnosis as it is outside the range of being useful. And it is not cheap, so is definitely not something you want to add to the litteny of tests you would perform on patients with some Lyme Disease symptoms.
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