How and where can I get tested for Lyme disease? Lyme tests are BLOOD tests which can be done at UVM, Quest, or Igenix labs.
Who should get tested for Lyme disease? People in endemic areas, such as New England, who work and hike in grassy woodlands.
How do I know if I should get tested for Lyme disease? If you find a tick or a bug bite surrounded by a red ring or if you develop a red rash in several areas of your body and have NEW UNEXPLAINED joint pain.
What does a Lyme test cost? Blood tests for Lyme cost between 200 and 700 dollars, depending on the type of test and the lab..
Will my insurance cover the cost of Lyme testing? Most insurances cover lab work done at UVM or Quest. Testing at Igenix is usually paid out of pocket.
How is Lyme disease treated? The most often used drug is Doxycycline; there are other alternatives for people with allergies.
Will my insurance cover my doctor/clinic visits? Visits for medical care for Lyme disease are usually covered the same as all other office visits.
Will my insurance cover the cost of antibiotics? Depending on your drug insurance plan, antibiotics are usually covered.
Is Lyme disease contagious? This question has not been settled. There are households on record where Lyme infection has occurred in one member after the other. But there is no proof that this was caused by human to human transmission.
Can one get Lyme disease more than once? Yes. If the level of antibody developed against Borrelia is or does not stay high enough; or if a new Borrelia strain invades the area where you live.
Can Lyme disease be cured? Lyme infection in its early stages (1 to 30 days) is cured in 80% of people. 20% go on to develop chronic Lyme, either because of diagnosis and treatment came too late; or for reasons that are not yet worked out.
Why is there no Lyme vaccine? Smith Glaxo Kline had a 3 part Lyme vaccine called LYMERIX on the market between 1998 and 2002. The FDA approved vaccine which was 86% effective was taken off the market because of litigation and public pressure.
For more questions and answers, please consult the CDC website on Lyme: