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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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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 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

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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 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

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