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Dr. Bryan H. Levey answered:

What type of doctor can order a tuberculosis skin test?

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Any physician can do it, and any should be able to read it. Most pediatricians keep the purified protein derivative (the substance that is used to perform the test) in their office. It does not require an order. The doctor places a bubble of the liquid within your skin, then looks at and touches that spot two days later to check the result.
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Dr. Marcelo Laufer answered:

Can all europeans test positive for tuberculosis on the tb skin test because europeans get a vaccine for it?

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if you get bcg (tb vaccine) you can get false positive ppd for up to 4 years. A blood test quantiferon will differentiate false positives from true positives
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If my tb skin test ran positive but I've never had tuberculosis, does that mean I have latent tb? And do I HAVE to take antiobiotics if I do have it?

Possible exposure.

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If PPD is positive than you need a screening Chest xray. If Xray negative than 9 months of One med INH should be taken to prevent activation of possible dormant TB
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How do doctors differentiate between a positive TB skin test due to BCG vaccine vs latent TB infection?

Blood test

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There is a blood test which can help tell the difference
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Dr. Monib Zirvi answered:

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 +.

Positive

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If the TB skin reaction site is firm and raised and is over 15 mm in diameter in an otherwise healthy adult, it is considered a positive reaction and requires treatment. Please see an infectious disease doctor or primary care physician to discuss treatment options.
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Is a tuberculosis skin test a shot?

PPD

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The standard tuberculin test involves inserting a quantity of a purified protein derived from the tuberculosis germ between the top layers of your skin.It is meant to form a small bleb in this location, typically on a forearm. The process utilizes a small needle.
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

How is a tuberculosis skin test done now?

Same as before

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Skin tests haven't changed: a small amount of liquid (PPD, or purified protein derivative) is injected under the skin on your forearm. The difference is that there is now a blood test (interferon-gamma release assays, such as QuantiFERON Gold) that can be used in place of the skin test.
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Will getting a tuberculosis skin test hurt?

A tiny bit

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There is a very brief and mild pain during the injection.
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Is it normal to need a tuberculosis skin test?

Required of some

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Public health and safety statutes in some locals require that workers in public venues like the food industry,jails,health care,etc. show evidence that they do not have evidence of contageous illness. Though not common, the resurgence of multiply drug resistant TB in some populations has kept concern detecting this disease high. If at risk thru work or travel it is to your advantage to be screened
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Where do I go to get a tuberculosis skin test done?

MD, DO

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Any physician can order or apply a TB skin test. You will need to return in 48-72 hours to have it read.
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