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Does a TB test hurt?

Does a TB test hurt?

Not really: It is a tiny needle, just within the layers of the skin to create a fluid bubble. Takes a few seconds to apply. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Lindquist
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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

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


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How badly does a TB test hurt? I'm extremely terrified of needles and would like to know how bad it will hurt.

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

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What is the best TB test and does it hurt?

What is the best TB test and does it hurt?

Sputum: To check for active pulmonary tb, sputum stain and culture is an easy and painless way to test. Sometimes a blood test or a skin test are needed. They involve a needle stick. In certain cases a bronchoscopy, and/or a biopsy are needed. ...Read more

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What is a 2-part TB test?

Outdated?: May be tuberculosis skin testing? Igra or quantiferon gold blood testing is at least as good or even better. Discuss with your doc. The blood test is usually better than the skin test. ...Read more

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How long are TB test good for?

Until today: You tested negative today? Great. But maybe you will inhale the bug tonight? Then your TB test will change. Once positive always positive. ...Read more

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What does a + TB test look like?

What does a + TB test look like?

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

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Can I have a TB test with a cold?

Yes: The memory cells for TB are in the body and the test will still be valid if positive. The only problem are in people who have lower immune system but not quite bad enough to cause reactivation as they can develop anergy or false negative test. ...Read more

Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more