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Is it possible for a person to have an alleregic reaction to a TB skin test, if so what are the symptoms?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Yes

In rare cases, the reaction to the skin test can be so severe as to cause skin peeling and even an ulceration.
This is not an allergy. Theoretically you can have an allergy to the skin test, but it is exceedingly rare.

In brief: Yes

In rare cases, the reaction to the skin test can be so severe as to cause skin peeling and even an ulceration.
This is not an allergy. Theoretically you can have an allergy to the skin test, but it is exceedingly rare.
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Yes but uncommon

An immediate type hypersensitivity reaction can occur within 20 minutes of injection.
It does not portend a positive delayed type hypersensitivity and does indicate evidence of TB infection. Chest 71:31-37, 1977.

In brief: Yes but uncommon

An immediate type hypersensitivity reaction can occur within 20 minutes of injection.
It does not portend a positive delayed type hypersensitivity and does indicate evidence of TB infection. Chest 71:31-37, 1977.
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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: No

The immunologic reaction to a TB skin test is not of the allergic type.
A positive TB skin test is warmth, redness and swelling that develops over 48 hours and typically fades away over a week.

In brief: No

The immunologic reaction to a TB skin test is not of the allergic type.
A positive TB skin test is warmth, redness and swelling that develops over 48 hours and typically fades away over a week.
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