Once your doctor analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, they will perform a physical examination and request the following tests to rule out or confirm the diagnosis: ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) is the indicated test which, if positive, will make an immunoblot to identify antibodies against various proteins of the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the treatment to be followed will be based on the administration of specific oral or intravenous antibiotics, painkillers, and anti-inflammatories, depending on the case.
It is likely that after treatment, some symptoms, such as muscle pain and tiredness, are still present, this is what is known as Lyme disease post-treatment syndrome.
- Avoid going off the road when you are in a rough area and have contact with bushes and brush.
- Wear boots or closed shoes.
- Wear long, closed pants inside boots or shoes, as well as long-sleeved shirts.
- Wear light-colored clothing to better distinguish ticks.
- When you are outdoors, avoid sitting on the ground or leaning against trees or rocks.
- If you have long hair, tie it up or wear a cap to protect it.
- Use insect repellent.
- Frequently inspect your body and clothing for ticks.
- Wash your clothes and shower after visiting wild areas.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.