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Tb Skin Test Allergic Reaction
Normal chest X-ray & abdominal/pelivic CT scan, but positive TB skin test? I have low grade fevers, extreme fatigue & swollen lymph nodes. Tb?
Unlikely TB: It is unusual to have TB with a normal chest x-ray. You need to see your doctor get a work-up ASAP. ...Read more
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
Was it allergic?: Was the reaction an allergic reaction or was it a positive sin test? There are components in the test that one can react to in an allergic fashion...The area can be red and itchy. But if it is raised and red and approx the size of a dime, it is a positive test and means you have been exposed to 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?
Tested positive for TB skin test in the past, and was given TB skin test to recheck, now have the reaction on both arms. Doc was told she tested +.
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 just had my TB skin test on Thurs and I noticed my skin is a little bit elevated at the site of injection with erythema around it?? positive result??
Different cutoffs: Positive result for TB skin test is based on the size of the swelling (induration) at the site of TB test & additional risk factors that you have for acquiring tb. There are 3 cut offs for determining positive result (5, 10 & 15mm) & each one has different criteria for being used as cutoff for your test. Talk to your doctor to find out whether your test is positive or not based on these factors. ...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
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
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more