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Author:  Cog1st [ Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Save that tick for testing!

FIRST CHOICE TESTING:

If you remove a tick, it could save you money in the long run if you send it into Igenex and pay to have it tested for Lyme and co-infections. Although not cheap, it is less expensive than human blood testing and having the tick tested can direct your doctor in the direction of what you need treated. Igenex can be reached by calling them and they will explain exactly how to save the tick and have it tested. Go to their website: www.igenex.com for contact info.

SECOND CHOICE TESTING
Also, the government has tick testing as well. The following info is how to get a tick to them for testing. Although less expensive, remember Igenex is superior in testing for most all diseases ticks can carry.


IS THE TICK INFECTED?

Once you have removed a tick, you can have it tested for Lyme disease by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a technique that detects the DNA of the Lyme disease spirochetes in the tick. Without knowing if the tick is infected, the medical profession is divided on whether to treat on the basis of a tick bite alone. A positive PCR test is a strong indication that you should take antibiotics after a tick bite. The PCR test can be done on live or dead ticks sent through the mail. A doctor’s order is not necessary to have testing done.

Procedure: Place the tick (dead or alive) in a clean, covered prescription vial that has been thoroughly washed and rinsed with tap water. Refrigerate the vial until it can be sent. Mail the vial with a check or money order for $35 to Imugen, Inc., 220 Norwood Park South, Norwood, MA 02062. Tel: 781-255-0770 781-255-0770 . Specify that you want Lyme disease testing done because other PCR tests are also performed at this laboratory.

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