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Does A Tb Test Hurt
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
How badly does a TB test hurt? I'm extremely terrified of needles and would like to know how bad it will hurt.
None: It does not hurt much. You would feel it as much as you feel an insect bite. To distract yourself get an activity going while it is being done. Goodluck ...Read more
Positive PPD test: A positive TB test should look like hard, raised bump with size >5to15 mm depending of the risk category you are in. It should be read in between 48 to72 hours. It is the hardness and not redness which is read. Thanks. ...Read more
Chest X ray: It is possible to have active TB with very little symptoms especially early on. However, it is more than likely that you carry the germ for TB in a dormant form, this is called latent tb. No symptoms are expected with latent tb. ...Read more
Doc: Either your blood test igra is negative or your skin testing does not show any "bump". This should always be checked by a professional since even health care workers report false results. Best to check with a doc and not pa or np or nurse. ...Read more
If there is a bump: When TB infects the body the infection gets walled off by antibodies. The medical person injects a manufactured antibody under your skin that reacts to the TB antibody. If a bump appears at the injection site after 48 hours it means you have the antibody to TB already in your body and therefore have TB infection. It does not mean that you have active disease or are contagious. ...Read more
TB Tests: I bet you could google image that question. A positive reaction is read after 48 hours from the test. It would be a raised redness greater than 5 mm in circumference. ...Read more
It is not painful:
& it is important to know the results.
In the words of NIKE - "Just do it! " ...Read more
Generally 6 weeks: The need to repeat a TB test generally depends on each individual's previous test results, presence of symptoms & risk factors for exposure to tb. An interval of at least 6 weeks is generally recommended. Talk to an infectious disease specialist for proper interpretation of your testing. ...Read more
48-72 hours: Tb test is meant to be interpreted in 48-72 hours after being administered on the forearm. Make sure that the induration (not redness) is measured in that time frame & results documented by a health care provider. Further testing may be determined based on your results from the TB test. ...Read more
Size of induration: After the TB test, the skin at the site can develop swelling (induration). The size of this swelling (measured in millimeters by a health care provider within 48-72 hours) determines whether you have a positive result or not. It is important to not measure the area of redness but the actual size of the swelling around the test site. The cut off value for positive test is based on yr risk factors. ...Read more
Yes: The TB test can become positive within the first day in someone that has been exposed to TB in the recent past. ...Read more
What is important: Is what it feels like - not how it looks. Induration is palpated & measured. Treatment (such as INH) is determined once it is established where this is latent or active TB and the type. ...Read more
What test was done?: Skin test takes 48 hours and needs to be interpreted by a qualified professional, i.e.; whoever placed the test. Blood draws can give the answer in 1-2 days and may be indicative of past infections. Tb is an infection caused by a bacteria. It requires multiple antibiotics for months to eradicate. If there is an active infection of the lungs, it can be highly contagious. Symptoms are variable. ...Read more
PPD: It is not about hardness of the induration it is about the size of the area of induration. It is harder than surrounding skin. ...Read more
TB: TB screening is recommended if you have been in close contact with a person with active TB in their lungs. If exposed in the last 8 weeks, the initial test may not be positive as your body may not have mounted an appropriate response to the exposure yet. Testing should be repeated at 3 and 6 months. A positive test should be followed by a chest x-ray and in depth discussion with your PCP. ...Read more
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