Brecksville, OH (PRWEB) August 01, 2013
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but people should be aware of certain health risks which come from spending time outside. One such risk is tick-borne illnesses like Lyme Disease. For the entire month of August 2013 Request A Test, a leading national provider of direct to consumer lab testing, is offering 10% off of all Lyme Disease testing orders. To take advantage of this special discount, customers should use promo code LYMED10 when placing an order. Lyme Disease is one of the quickest growing infectious diseases in the United States. It also tends to be severely under reported due in part to the fact that many of the symptoms of Lyme Disease are common to other disorders. The only way to accurately diagnose Lyme is through blood tests.
Request A Test offers a number of testing options for Lyme Disease including a Total and IgM Antibodies test which can help distinguish between recent and past infections and a Western Blot Test which is typically recommended for confirmation when someone receives a positive result on an antibody test. Results from blood tests such as these can help a person and their doctor to make an accurate diagnosis. Through Request A Test, anyone can order blood testing for Lyme Disease without the necessity of making a doctor’s appointment for a testing order or getting approval from an insurance company. Testing is affordable and easy to order and patients have access to 1000's of convenient lab sites across the country. The ability to order their own testing allows people to take charge of their health and become aware of potential medical problems before they become more serious.
Lyme Disease is contracted through exposure to the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria which is commonly spread by Black Legged Ticks also known as Deer Ticks. While Lyme disease is not the only disease spread through tick bites, it is the most common. According to research conducted by the Center for Disease Control, as little as 10% of Lyme Disease cases are reported. Part of the reason for this is that many people fail to realize they have even been bitten. The ticks which spread Lyme secrete a numbing agent which causes many people to not even feel the bite and the ticks themselves can be as small as the head of a pin. Many of the early symptoms associated with Lyme Disease are common to other conditions such as the flu. These symptoms can include fever, chills, headache, or fatigue. The most distinctive indicator of Lyme Disease is a round “bulls-eye” shaped rash around the site of the bite. However, some people do not develop this rash or may have it in an area of the body that is difficult to see. If left untreated, Lyme Disease can cause severe joint inflammation and arthritis, facial paralysis, numbness in the arms and legs, impaired memory, and irregular heartbeat.
In some cases fatal complications can arise from damage done to the heart, lungs, and nervous system. Prompt treatment with antibiotics can cure Lyme Disease in most patients but early diagnosis is key. People displaying symptoms of Lyme Disease, especially those who have suffered a recent tick bite or been in an area where disease carrying ticks are prevalent, are recommended to get a series of blood tests to aid in a diagnosis. Even if testing for Lyme Disease shows negative results, it can be helpful to rule out Lyme as a cause for someone’s symptoms. Blood testing for Lyme Disease is easy to order and most tests show results in just a few days.
“Getting checked for Lyme Disease is a great way for people to protect their health”, says Noelle Perez, founder and President of Request A Test. “A condition like Lyme which is so difficult to diagnose based on symptoms is a great example of how beneficial it can be to order blood testing and find out about potential health concerns so they can be treated before they escalate. We hope people take advantage of this savings opportunity and help reduce the number of undocumented Lyme Disease cases.”
The chance to save an extra 10% on Lyme Disease testing is only good through the end of August 2013. Use promo code LYMED10 when ordering any test from Request A Test's Lyme Disease category. To learn more about Lyme Disease testing or any of the other services provided by Request A Test, go to http://www.Requestatest.com or call 1-888-732-2348 to speak to a representative.
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