Tick-borne diseases are on the rise.
In recent years, the number of northeastern US counties identified as having a high incidence of Lyme disease has increased more than 320%.1 It’s important to protect yourself in the spring, summer, and early fall when ticks are most active. Many tick-borne illnesses can be treated if caught early. That’s why timely testing is so important.
The sooner you know if you have a tick-borne disease, the sooner your doctor can make the kind of healthcare decisions that can help you avoid some of the serious, long-term side effects of tick disease.
Some common symptoms
of tick bites include:
- Body aches
If you think you’ve been bitten by a tick, ask your doctor for testing by Quest Diagnostics. Quest offers testing options based on how long ago you were bitten. For example, your doctor may consider our PCR acute testing if it has been 14 days or less. After 14 days, our serology testing is appropriate. Take these important steps to get tested:
Talk to your doctor
Ask your doctor to order a test
from Quest Diagnostics
Walk-ins are welcome, but
appointments take priority
Quest Diagnostics can test for
many tick-borne illnesses with a single blood draw
Discuss with your doctor
Depending on your results, talk to
your doctor by phone or schedule a follow-up visit
Stay safe out there.
Order your FREE tick remover tool from Quest Diagnostics.
1. Kugeler KJ, Farley GM, Forrester JD, et al. Geographic Distribution and Expansion of Human Lyme Disease, United States. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2015;21(8):1455-1457.
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