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Lyme disease testing is ordered when you have signs and symptoms suggesting an infection with Borrelia and you live in or visited a region where deer ticks are common, especially when you were recently bitten by a tick. Testing may be repeated a few weeks later when initial testing is negative but suspicion of Lyme disease remains high.What is the most accurate test for Lyme disease?
These tests are most reliable a few weeks after an infection, after your body has had time to develop antibodies. They include: Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. The test used most often to detect Lyme disease, ELISA detects antibodies to B. burgdorferi.Does every tick bite lead to Lyme disease?
Most people who get tick bites do not get Lyme disease. Not all ticks are infected, and the risk for contracting the disease increases the longer the tick is attached to the body. Within one to four weeks of being bitten by an infected tick, most people will experience some symptoms of Lyme disease.