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Where do I go to get a tuberculosis skin test done?

MD, DO. Any physician can order or apply a TB skin test. You will need to return in 48-72 hours to have it read. Read more...
Your doctor's office. Tb skin testing (ppd test) is commonly done at your doctor's office. It may also be offered at the county health clinic, your school, or sometimes even your place of employment. Read more...

Is a tuberculosis skin test a shot?

PPD. 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. Read more...
No. . But a needle is used. Dr. Ferguson's description is quite accurate. The general reason for a shot is to make you better (like an injection of antibiotic or corticosteroid) or prevent you from getting sick (like a vaccination). The purpose of a tuberculosis skin test (PPD) is different. This test tells us if you have been previously been exposed to TB & have developed immunity to the disease. Read more...

How is a tuberculosis skin test done now?

Same as before. 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. Read more...

Is it normal to need a tuberculosis skin test?

Yes. Yes if you have high risk exposure such as being a health care worker or frequent overseas traveler. Read more...
Required of some. 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. Read more...

Could my tuberculosis skin test still be read?

Hard to say. The test is based on readings at 48 or 72 hours more or less. Any further delay changes the conditions by which the borderline tests are interpreted.A grossly positive test will be so large and reactive the site could be accepted as positive for days later, but a borderline or negative could not be established unless the time criteria was met. Read more...