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What Does A Positive Tb Test Look Like On The Skin
If you were going to have a bad reaction (not a positive reaction) to a TB test (under the skin) would it happen right away or can it take days?
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
Yes: Not to worry - this doesn't mean your test is positive. ...Read more
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
What is important: Is what it feels like - not how it looks. Induration is palpated & measured. Treatment (such as INH) is determined once it is established where this is latent or active TB and the type. ...Read more
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
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
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
Size of induration: After the TB test, the skin at the site can develop swelling (induration). The size of this swelling (measured in millimeters by a health care provider within 48-72 hours) determines whether you have a positive result or not. It is important to not measure the area of redness but the actual size of the swelling around the test site. The cut off value for positive test is based on yr risk factors. ...Read more
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
What if you had a positive TB test and on meds for a year was told not to get another TB shot but did
Stay Positive: Once you have had positive TB test (ppd), it remains positive for life. It means you have been exposed to TB bug sometime in the past (latent tb). Since you've had treatment for latent tb, further PPD testing is not needed. Screening for active TB disease on basis of symptoms & xrays periodically is all you need. Extra TB shot (? Ppd I assume) will not harm you but you should let yr doc know abt it. ...Read more
I have been exposed to someone with TB but do not have a positive skin test; do I still need to take medicine?
If you have a TB skin test and it turns a little red and looks like a bug bite is this a positive or negative test?
Depends: On the size of the swelling or induration. This is why they need to be seen and read 48 hours after being placed. ...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
Not necessarily: (+) PPD means that you have been exposed to the TB agent. It doesn't say when. So if you had the TB in the past, it still will be (+) because your body "remembers" from the previous exposure. The greatest risk is if the TB agents are latent in your body, that's why everyone with a (+) PPD will have either a complete treatment with 4 medications or a mild one with only one. Your PPD will remain (+). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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