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What Does Your Arm Look Like After A Tb Test
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
I had a TB test done last Tuesday, the nurse said I am negative but I still have a red bump that looks like a mosquito bite on my arm.. is this nor...
TB Test: A positive test is measured by induration that is palpated on your arm - not by overlying swelling or bump ...Read more
Hard to say...: If you got the test and your arm swelled up shortly afterwards, its possible that either you had an allergic reaction to the test, had a test site infection, or had an unrelated injury while sleeping or (if you had a blackout) were otherwise not aware of your surroundings. Go back to the doctor who gave you the test and have them look. ...Read more
Positive PPD test: A positive TB test should look like hard, raised bump with size >5to15 mm depending 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
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
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
No: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The next step: is to obtain a history, a physical examination and chest x-ray. Latent vs active TB are handled very differently. ...Read more
How badly does a TB test hurt? I'm extremely terrified of needles and would like to know how bad it will hurt.
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
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
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
Yes: The TB test can become positive within the first day in someone that has been exposed to TB in the recent past. ...Read more
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