How is Lyme disease diagnosed?

Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose because its symptoms can be similar to other sicknesses, like the flu, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Doctors usually look for symptoms and will talk to you about possible places you might have been exposed to ticks, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If your symptoms and location history point to Lyme disease, your doctor might order blood work to confirm the disease to make sure you get the right treatment.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how Lyme disease is diagnosed.

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