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Dizzy After Tb Skin Test
Are there any serious side effects of having a tb skin test done? Felt dizzy and lightheaded after 5 minutes of having it but it got better
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more
What to expect after TB skin test/shot? Soreness, red, swelling...Etc and should I keep a bandage on it?
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. ...Read more
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Nothing will happen: Nothing will happen with either of those things. The TB test helps determine if you have ever been exposed to the TB bug & whether your immune system (specifically your t cells) has been primed against this bug. The test is read within 48-72 hours after being given & will help determine if you have been exposed or not. Further testing is required after a positive test. ...Read more
No: The skin test injects a set amount of purified protein into the skin to detect prior exposure to tb. A positive test shows the person has developed antibodies to the test and make it turn red and develop a thick spot where the injection occurred. The immunization injects bcg that stimulates the body to make antibodies. ...Read more
No: Tb skin test is a diagnostic test that helps determine if someone has ever been exposed to tb. It offers no protection against future infection. Tb immunization is being practiced in countries with a high prevalence of TB infection by using the bcg vaccine that is usually given at birth to all newborns in those countries. It has a variable efficacy in protecting against TB that ranges from 0-80%. ...Read more
TB skin test: Perhaps that was just the prick that the needle caused? ...Read more
If a person had TB as child and underwent treatment for it, could he have a false positive TB skin test as an adult?
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. ...Read more
What do you suggest if I had a TB skin test (injection) 3 days ago yet there isn't any reactions (red spots) is that okay?
Negative test: If the test is done properly no bump means that the test is negative. Sometimes a second test is done after 2 weeks (like a booster) to rule out a false negative test. ...Read more
I had my TB skin test done yesterday and now I'm looking at my arm and the skin is flat and red. What do I do, what would you recommend?
TB test: Wait and try to not worry. The TB test can only be interpreted between 48 to 72 hours after it is placed, and it must be raised and firm to be a positive reaction. The diameter at which it is considered positive can vary from between 5 to 15 millimetres depending on various factors. ...Read more
TB skin test done. Today I can hardly notice anything on arm just a small dot that's left. Is this normal? Never even had a small bump when it was don
Negative result: If you have ever been exposed to TB (by having it yourself or being close to someone who has), then your body will react to the TB skin test and make a big bump. The fact that your body didn't react means that you have never been exposed to TB and is a negative result! Have a medical professional read the result 48-72 hours after the TB test was applied! ...Read more
Not frequently: Unless you are exposed in your job or it is needed for your job. Some health care workers get it yearly. ...Read more
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 your local as treatment for latent (quiet) tb. If you are found to have active tb, you are likely started on a 4 drug program that lasts for up to a year to knock it out. Get with your doc to see. ...Read more
No: Fortunately not or we would not be able to perform this test on more than one occasion. ...Read more
It does mean your have been exposed and will need treatment to prevent it from worsening TB is a very slow growing germ...
I would also suggest consulting a chinese medicine practitioner as many herbs are very helpful in helping the body heal itself.... ...Read more
Skin test: It is a liquid (purified protein derivative) that is injected under the skin on the forearm (the ventral side or underside of the forearm) as a bleb that goes away. It tests to see if you were exposed to tb. When it is positive there is an indurated (raised and red) reaction bigger than a dime. It has to be read 2 days after it is done. ...Read more
Blood test: There is both a skin test and a blood test for tb. ...Read more
Is it possible for a person to have an alleregic reaction to a TB skin test, if so what are the symptoms?
Not aware of any: But with advancing age, the response to the skin test may be falsely negative. There are newer tests available which work by assessing the lymphocytes capacity to respond to antigenic stimulation by a component of the tubercle bacillus, but whether this differs in age groups I do not know. ...Read more
Sure: Cold will not interfere with the TB skin test result. ...Read more
Don't be: Don't be stressed. You need a chest x-ray and a screening by your doctor. At your age, if your chest x-ray is normal and you have no risk factors you may not need any treatment. If you have risk factors, treatment of latent TB has become much easier in the last year. If you are determined to have active TB you can be cured with 6 months of TB therapy. ...Read more
NO RELATIONSHIP: Tb skin test is an intra-dermal test where very minute amount of reagent is injected into the skin. Nothing to do with the GI system. ...Read more
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