A 35-year-old female asked:
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what to expect after tb skin test/shot? soreness, red, swelling...etc and should i keep a bandage on it?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Swelling and redness: Only if you were exposed to someone with active tb. The diameter of induration is measured at 48-72 hours after the skin test. No need to put a bandage on.
Answered on Sep 9, 2017
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