Though it's tough to diagnose the disease without an evident bull's-eye rash, several tests can detect antibodies to the Lyme bacteria. The CDC recommends several tests-including ELISA, IFA, and the Western blot-that can help support a diagnosis. The agency recently warned patients to stay away from other tests, which have not been clinically validated.
Several tests can detect the Lyme bacteria. Find out which one you should take if you are bitten.