People become exposed to Lyme disease when they’re bitten by an infected black legged tick. These infamous ticks are more active in the summer months and are usually found in heathland, woodland, parkland and grassy areas [1].

The earlier the infection is identified, the easier it becomes to treat so if you’re unable to make it to your doctors office - don’t fret. You can check for Lyme disease from the comfort of your own home with an at-home lab test.


Can you check for Lyme disease at home?


The most reliable way to check for Lyme disease from home is with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s at-home Lyme Disease Test can identify borrelia antibodies in your blood, which can indicate the presence of Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis). Online results will be available within 5 days and our team of nurses will be available to answer any questions you may have.



What are the signs of Lyme disease?


Lyme disease can sometimes show no obvious signs or symptoms for weeks, months or even years [2]. If symptoms do show, they may include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Red target like skin rash
  • Muscle and joint aches

See also: The Signs And Symptoms Of Lyme Disease | Your Guide


The earlier the infection is identified, the easier it becomes to treat. This, along with the fact obvious signs don’t always emerge, make it so important to take a Lyme Disease Test if you believe you’ve been exposed to ticks during any outdoor adventures.

You should also consider taking the test if:

  • You are presenting with symptoms of Lyme disease
  • You live in a place that is rich in vegetation or a woodland area
  • You live in Northern America or Northern Europe
  • You go camping or hiking on a regular basis, particularly during the Summer or Autumn
  • You come into contact with larger woodland animals on a regular basis


References

  1. HSE. Summer is here so time to protect against Lyme disease. Online: HSE.ie, 2018
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease. Online: Cdc.gov, 2020