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How do doctors test for Lyme disease?

Doctors can diagnose Lyme disease through a blood test. The results from the blood test usually come back within a few days.

How do doctors treat Lyme disease?

The best treatment for Lyme disease is preventing tick bites. If your child is diagnosed with Lyme disease, their doctor will decide on which type of treatment is best. Usually, an antibiotic works well to fight the infection. Other treatments may focus on easing the symptoms of Lyme disease.

Rev. 4/2018. Reviewed by the MGHfC Family Advisory Council.