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How long are TB test good for?

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

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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What do positive TB test results mean? How should I interpret the positive result of a TB test?

What do positive TB test results mean? How should I interpret the positive result of a TB test?

Infection with Tb: When someone is infected with tuberculosis (TB) germs, the body develops a protective response against them. The TB skin test is a test of the body's response to tb, not the germs themselves. One can have an active infection where they are coughing out TB germs and are a risk to spread tb. Or the body may have had the infection long ago and controlled it so there is no risk now of spread. ...Read more

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Could i be prevented from going to work until I get my TB test results back?

Depends: If your doctor suspects that you have open pulmonary tuberculosis, you could be prevented from going to work. ...Read more

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How long should you wait in order to repeat a TB test?

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

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How long is TB test takes and what is the symptoms and causes of tb.

How long is TB test takes and what is the symptoms and causes of tb.

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 bacterium. 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

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How long would it take for TB test marks to go away? Mine came back neg but the mark went from unremarkable to large and red after 4 days now. Thx.

TB Test: There can be several reasons why a TB test takes longer to reactt. If you do have a large reaction as you describe you should go back to your doctors office to show it to them as theymay decide it is a delayed positive test ...Read more

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TB test: neg >72 hrs but now large lump as time goes on? How long for mark to go away?

TB test: neg >72 hrs but now large lump as time goes on? How long for mark to go away?

Negative, give time: As long as there was no hardened lump at the infection site within that first 72 hours that was greater than 15mm (or less if you have risk factors), you are still considered negative. It can take some people up to a week or so for the redness and swelling to recede. Try ice several times a day to help with any swelling. ...Read more

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Are there good ways to get a chest X-ray for positive TB test?

Imaging center: Your doctor should have given you a referral slip for the chest xray. They may have a particular imaging place they want you to go to, but you can go to almost any imaging center or hospital. Most positive TB test chest x-rays will be normal so try not to worry too much until you have your results. ...Read more

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Positive test result for TB my husband got a job offer and had to get a TB test. He went back to get the results and the spot is slightly red and barely over 10 mm. He is convinced that the results are positive and as a result he won't get the job. The

Hello. : Hello. You can have an overlying are of redness, that doesn't mean the test is positive. I always used the ball point pen method to read the TB test. You gently move the pen back and forth to determine where there is underlying induration. Being PPD positive and having tuberculosis are two very different things. Please have him talk to the person who administered the test to find out the result. You are checking for inducation and not color. Take care. ...Read more

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Tb skin test negative, quentform TB test negative, bone marrow biopsy results indicative of TB (reacts to ziehl niehlssen), PCR negative. How come?

No...actually: The zn stain is a broad stain for acid fast bacilli of which mycobacterium tuberculosis is one of many. The specific tests like quantiferon or the pcr test are against you having tb. The culture is the "gold standard" but you will need to wait for it. It might turn out be a cousin of TB and that too will grow out of culture. Stay on TB meds until they are certain of the AFB positive organism. ...Read more

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Please tell me what a normal result after a TB test (tuberculosis) looks like?

TB: Tuberculin Tine Test- is smooth to moderately deep palpation. What is important is what it feels like — not what it looks like. ...Read more

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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

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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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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 on 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

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What does a positive TB test mean?

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

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What does a positive TB test look like?

What does a positive TB test look like?

Skin test: If you had a PPD skin test and you have no risk factors, a positive test is when after 48 to 72 hoursyou have swelling in the site and redness that measures more than 15 mm, it is considered a positive tb. Test. ...Read more

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What does a negative TB test look like?

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

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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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How often should you safely take a TB test?

CDC says.: According to the cdc "there is no contraindication to repeating the tst, unless a previous tst was associated with a severe reaction." tst = tuberculin skin test. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a positive TB test?

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

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What do a positive and negative TB test look like?

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

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When after taking a TB test can I take another one?

Readministration: If it is noted that first PPD was administered incorrectly, the PPD can be repeated at that time using a site that is several centimeters away from the original injection. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be scared of getting a TB test?

It is not painful: & it is important to know the results.
In the words of NIKE — "Just do it!" ...Read more

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Where do you go to get a quick and inexpensive TB test?

Clinic/public health: Since TB infection is a public health issue, your local public health department website may have a list of clinics. The clinic will perform a standard skin test called a ppd and they will ask you to return to have it read. ...Read more

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How quickly will you know if you have a positive TB test?

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

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