T B Skin Testing
What is TB Skin Testing?
The tuberculin skin test is performed to see if you have ever been exposed to tuberculosis. The test is performed by putting a small amount of the TB protein under the top layer of your skin. If you have been exposed to TB bacteria, then your skin will have a reaction and develop a hard, red bump at the injection site within two days.
Who needs TB Skin Testing?
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has TB, healthcare workers and people with TB symptoms including night sweats, an ongoing cough or sudden weight loss should have the test performed. Anyone who is traveling to an area where TB is prevalent should also have the test performed.
What are the risks of TB Skin Testing?
There is a small risk that you may have a severe reaction to the TB skin test. Allergic reactions to this test will usually cause pain at the injection site and swelling. There may also be a sore present. It is important to understand that you cannot develop TB from the tuberculin skin test.
How can I learn more about TB Skin Testing?
Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.