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Colorado Tick Fever Antibodies


Colorado Tick Fever Antibodies

Also known as Colorado Tick Fever Antibodies Elisa Blood
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What is this test?

Colorado tick fever antibody test is used to detect the antibodies of Colorado tick fever infection.

What is Colorado tick fever?

Colorado tick fever is a viral infection caused by the bite of a wood tick which carries Dermacentor andersoni. This wood tick is commonly referred to as the Rocky Mountain wood tick. Ticks are generally small parasites found in fields and forests. They suck blood from humans and animals for their survival. Thus they carry certain diseases from one living being to the other.

Mostly Colorado tick fever is limited to western united states and Canada. Colorado region has the most prevalence of this disease, hence named after it. The incidence of this infection is highest in the month of February and October. You may at risk of developing this fever if you spend more time in the tick-infested area. The main symptoms of this infection are fever, chills, rashes, and headache. The symptoms are usually observed within 3-4 days of the tick bite. This is due to the incubation period of the infection. The symptoms usually resolve within 10 days. Colorado tick fever is sometimes referred to as Mountain tick fever or American mountain fever.

Why is this test performed?

This test may be recommended to you if you experience symptoms like fever, headaches, chills, nausea and vomiting, muscle pains, light sensitivity, tenderness of the skin, abdominal pain, poor appetite, weakness, tiredness, faint rash, etc. This test is recommended to confirm the diagnosis of Colorado tick fever and to assess the effectiveness of the treatment if you are already diagnosed.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Colorado Tick Fever Antibodies. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Colorado Tick Fever Antibodies.

No specific preparation is required for Colorado tick fever antibodies test.

Understanding your test results

The reference range may vary depending on the gender, age, health history, your condition, etc.

If your test results show high levels of IgG antibodies than the reference range, it may indicate the presence of Colorado tick fever. Usually, IgG antibodies are not seen if they are present in blood then it may be due to a past infection.

If your test results show high levels of IgM antibodies than the normal reference range, it may indicate the presence of infection in the body.

If your test results show low levels of IgG and IgM antibodies than the normal reference range then it indicates the absence of infection in your body.

If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately. Your doctor may recommend other tests depending on your test results.

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsThe antibodies are not normally present. Presence of IgG antibodies indicates a past infection
UNISEXAll age groupsThe antibodies are not normally present. Presence of IgM indicates a recent infection
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