Can I take a shower while doing a TB skin test?

Yes. Your normal bathing habits will not have any effect on the test & your friends will appreciate it.

Related Questions

How to know what is being injected inside of you when you take a TB skin test?

Protein extract. Tb skin test utilises proteins that are normally present in the cell wall of the TB bacterium. They are extracted from killed bugs in the laboratory & further purified to extract small components of these TB proteins that our body's immune cells are able to recognize. If exposed to tb, previously primed immune cells move to site of injection on forearm causing swelling & thus a positive reaction. Read more...

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. 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. Read more...
Yes. You may want to repeat the test to make sure it is really positive. There is medication to protect you against TB for your whole life. If again positive latent tb. Read more...

Can a TB skin test be read 24 hours later?

No. It is recommended to wait for at least 48 hours before interpreting the size of the swelling arising at the site of the TB test. This is because the swelling continues to increase for the first 48 hours & that is how this test has been standardized. Please make sure that you do not get your test done on a thursday, so the 48 hours time point won't come over a weekend. Read more...