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Can you explain if it's safe to retake a tuberculosis test after testing positive?

Can you explain if it's safe to retake a tuberculosis test after testing positive?

Repeat TB test: It is not a good idea to repeat a TB skin test if a previous test is positive as you can have a much larger reaction that may cause a problem. If you are required by work to have a screen for tB again, an X-ray is usually recommended. Read more

Dr. Scott Lindquist
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How harmful for your health is a tuberculosis testing shot?

Intradermal shot: Tb testing shot (ppd test) is injected just under the most superficial layer of skin. It is done using a very thin & small needle & does not go too deep inside the skin. The discomfort is similar to that caused by a pin prick. After injecting ppd, there is tiny bump on the skin at that site which then can get bigger if your test is positive. Make sure you have it read within 48-72 hours after. Read more

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Which is more accurate for tuberculosis testing: culture or something like pcr?

Which is more accurate for tuberculosis testing: culture or something like pcr?

See below: Pcr can detect TB sooner than culture. Generally both are used. For additional information, consult the website given below. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5801a3.htm? S_cid=mm5801a3_e. Read more

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Could it be okay to retake a tuberculosis test after testing positive?

Generally not: If you are speaking of the skin test the answer is no, as it usually remains positive for years and years even after successful treatment. There is a blood test for latent (silent) TB that can be repeated following initial, successful treatment. Read more

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How can the tuberculosis test given?

Skin or blood test: There is a skin test or a blood test. Usually the skin test (PPD) is done. Read more

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How can the tuberculosis test work?

How can the tuberculosis test work?

Two forms: There are 2 TB tests - PPD shot (given in forearm & swelling at that site is measured after 48-72 hours) and a newer blood test (quantiferon) that tests for immune response in blood cells. Both tests assess the response of t lymphocytes to several proteins that are present in the TB bug. Positive test would only mean that you have been exposed to TB bug. More tests are needed for active infection. Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a tuberculosis test shows positive?

Chest Xray And-----: If PPD (Mantoux) test is positive. We will order Chest Xray if it is positive. Next step is to get a specimen of sputum for culture&sensitivity and start the patient on Antibiotics. If chest xray is negative. And there are no signs and symptoms suggesting TB in other organs like Lymph Nodes, Bones or Kidneys etc. We recommend patient take INH as a preventive treatment for6months to kill dormant bacteria Read more

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How come I have to have a tuberculosis test done for custody of children?

To protect children: To ensure that young children do not get exposed to anyone with tb, child care providers (e.g. Those working in daycares or hospitals) are required to get a TB test to ensure that they themselves are not infected with TB & are not at risk for passing on the infection to the children around them. It also helps ensure your health and safety. Read more

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My TB (tuberculosis) test is positive, but I don't feel any symptoms. Why?

My TB (tuberculosis) test is positive, but I don't feel any symptoms. Why?

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 are the side effects of bing given an expired tuberculosis test? The site of the injection has become red, aches and is getting a bit larger.

Should be none: Show it to the person who applied the skin test or to your doctor. A positive TB test can occur even if the test is outdated (dating of drugs and things like skin tests no more scientific than dating for foods). A positive test is NOT redness but firm swelling to the touch. If it is firm, raised and tender it may well be positive. See your doctor or health provider asap. Read more

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How do I know a tuberculosis test is positive?

Touching the skin: There are 2 TB test. The skin test, ppd, if positive will elicit an induration underneath the skin. If the diameter is 15 mm or larger is positive. If in doubt you can request your physician to order a blood test called quantiferon gold. Read more

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What can I do to get a tuberculosis test in usa?

Local Health Dept: You can go to the local health department in your city/town or your doctor's office & get the PPD (tuberculosis) test done. You have to go back to their office 48-72 hours later to have it interpreted. Please make sure that you do not get it done on a thursday or friday so that there is no delay in reading the test results. Read more

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What's that bump for the tuberculosis test supossed to look like?

Palpation: There may not be a visible "bump" for a + PPD test. Deep induration is felt for with finger tips. I have always used the ballpoint pen method to determine the size of the induration. Read more

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Is the tuberculosis test positive if you have a bump there a week after the test was administered?

No: The PPD test has to be measured & interpreted within 48-72 hours after administration of the test. Any swelling/induration noted a week after the initial intradermal injection cannot be taken as evidence of a positive test. Read more

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Is it possible that it is dangerous in any way to drink alcohol just hours after a tuberculosis test?

Is it possible that it is dangerous in any way to drink alcohol just hours after a tuberculosis test?

HOW MUCH?: If it's enough alcohol to really disturb your functioning question the wisdom of your drinking. If it's one drink, why not? Check and see what you're doing with alcohol. It may be unimportant to you health, but if there are doubts you may want to check into it, TB test aside. Read more

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Do all people from jamaica or any small island always show a positive tuberculosis test?

Only if immunized: If immunization was in effect on that island (cuba immunizes against tb), then the skin test will be positive. You need to know that information in order to interpret the skin test results of anyone from any of the islands. I don't know if immunization is in effect on all the carribean islands. Read more

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Could you get anegative on your tuberculosis test even though you got a positive the previous time?

Possibly: I believe it could be possible if you now have marked immunosuppression. Additionally it could have been administered or read incorrectly on one of those occasions. Read more

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Which is the most effective allergy testing and treatment option for breastfeeding mother?

Which is the most effective allergy testing and treatment option for breastfeeding mother?

Allergy testing: You can have a skin test done at a board certified allergist office for best results, it will not get into the breast milk or affect the baby. The allergist will then discuss safe options while you are breast feeding. Read more

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