A TB Test or a Tuberculin skin test is often required at the beginning or before the start date of employees, especially in the medical or government field. This test is relatively quick and simple and is only made easier when completed at Ultra Med Urgent Care with our quick and efficient staff members.
Why Am I Required to get tested for TB?
Depending on your occupation, you may be required to get tested for tuberculosis or if you have been exposed to it at some point. This is done because when you are beginning a job in which you may have exposure to many people it is important that this is known in order to keep others safe. Other reasons may include the following.
- Health care workers who are likely to be exposed to TB.
- If you are known to have who have a weakened immune system, such as those with immunodeficiency virus’ or illness’ that result in such side effects.
How is a TB Test Done?
For a tuberculin skin test, the inner side of your forearm is cleaned and allowed to dry. A small shot of the TB antigen is put under the top layer of skin. This fluid makes a little bump under the skin. After the test, do not cover the area with a bandage. Two or Three days after the test you will be asked to return to have the skin test checked.
What Should I Expect After the Test?
Some redness at the skin test site is expected due to the small injection. It is very important that you do not scratch the test site since any redness or swelling will make it hard to read the skin test. Redness alone at the test site usually normal and means that you have never been infected. If you are experiencing a firm red bump, this may mean you have been infected with at some point in time. The size of the firm bump is measured 2 to 3 days after the test to determine your test results.