Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

what does a positive tb skin test look like

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
POSITIVE PPD: NO. Sometimes it is due to immunization given before. Take a chest x-Ray to find any lesion in the lungs.
1
1 comment

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
POSITIVE TB TEST: It does not tell you if TB is active or not. Next step is chest x-ray to show the infiltrates if positive for infection.
Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
21 years experience Pediatrics
Only a screening: Ppd is meant to detect persons that "might" have tb. You must talk to your doctor about doing a chest x-ray and further blood tests in order to confi ... Read More
1
1 comment
1
1 thank
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes : A truly positive PPD means that you have living tubercle bacilli in your body, but not necessarily active disease. Having had a primary but unrecogni ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Positive PPD: If you have a positive tuberculin test and a negative chest xray many doctors will oder a sputum culture. If you have a positive sputum treatment is i ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Positive skin test: You can donate blood as long as you dont have active tb.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harris Lilienfeld
52 years experience Pediatrics
Blood test: There is a blood test which can help tell the difference.
1
1 thank
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends : On the size of the swelling or induration. This is why they need to be seen and read 48 hours after being placed.
2
2 thanks
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Seek out information: Most will be followed first with a chest x-ray looking for active pulmonary disease. If negative, you are likely started on one TB drug, depending on ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
IMMUNE PROBLEM: Both tests detect prior exposure to TB. A situation of diminished immune function, called anergy, can make the skin test appear negative. If you have ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Boris Ripa
35 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Once you had a positive PPD test, it will stay positive whole your life. Chest x-ray, what you need to do every few years.
4
4 thanks
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Ask when next appt?: This could be tb, but might be one of several other infectious, musculo-skeletal, or related conditions. It needs examined by a doctor, soon. Question ... Read More
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month