I have to take a TB test for the job im applying for. BUT im REALLY nervouse....Does it hurt? (Im terrifed of needles) and whats a good way to keep my mind off the pain.
Ps. what is a TB test? I know what kind of test it is. but how do they do the test?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
don't be nervous- it's a very simple test and does not hurt. they take a very small needle and inject a very small amount of killed TB bacterium under the top layer of your skin to see if your body reacts to it. you will go back to the doctor's office in 2 days to get it read. if the reaction is beyond a certain diameter, it is considered positive and means you have been exposed to TB but most likely, your body has successfully fought the infection. This is called a latent infection.
most likely yours will be negative! but if it's positive, don't freak out. it can be common to have a positive reaction in certain places (like LA) and in certain professions (like healthcare workers), and some people are positive if they were born in another country and had the BCG vaccine (a TB vaccine not used in the US). some are positive but don't know how they could have gotten exposed. if you are young and healthy, your chances of having active TB are very very low, and those with a latent infection are not infectious, so no one around a person with a latent infection should be worried about getting TB.
the sucky thing is, if you are found to have a positive TB skin test, the health department will bug you to take an antibiotic called INH for 9 months (which will decrease your chance of ever having the TB re-activate in your lifetime by over 90%), but you don't have to take it if you don't want to. you will also want to make sure that you never have another skin test, no matter what any employer or anyone else says you have to do. you should get yearly chest x-rays just to make sure nothing comes up in your lungs, and that can be your proof of TB testing for any job. sometimes employers don't know that, so educate them.
it's not the end of the world, and it will never keep you from doing anything you want to in life. it's on the scale of having cold sores in terms of inconvienence.
all that stuff above is for if it comes out positive, but remember, most likely it will be negative.Source(s): positive TB test at age 18 after being a hospital volunteer (!), medical student
- 1 decade ago
I've had quite a few due to my jobs.
Basically they take a needle with a special medicine that tests to see if you have any Tuberculosis antibodies floating around in your system...they stick the needle right under your skin and your skin will bubble a bit (I recommend that you look away cuz it's gross looking) and they'll put a circle around the injection site and in three days you go back to the doctors and they look at the site and if the area is flat and normal looking then you are fine, but if the area is still bubbled up more than a certain length then there's a possibility that you have TB and they'll send you for chest x-rays. If it does happen, don't panic because quite a few people do have slight reactions, and next time you have to have a TB test they'll know to just send you for the X-Ray.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
You have to under go a test called MANTOUX. it is very simple and will not hurt you at all. It is a simple injection This is to detect if the person is having tuberculosis. Read the details and have it done without ANY FEAR WHAT SO EVER. IT IS SAFE.
The Mantoux test (or Mantoux screening test, Tuberculin Sensitivity Test, Pirquet test, or PPD test for Purified Protein Derivative) is a diagnostic tool for tuberculosis. The Mantoux test is used in the United States and is endorsed by the American Thoracic Society and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Multiple puncture tests such as the Tine test are not recommended. The Mantoux test is one of the two major tuberculin skin tests for tuberculosis used in the world. Until 2005, the Heaf test was used in the United Kingdom but the Mantoux test is now used.
A standard dose of 5 Tuberculin units (0.1 mL) is injected intradermally (into the skin) and read 48 to 72 hours later. A person who has been exposed to the bacteria is expected to mount an immune response in the skin containing the bacterial proteins.
The reaction is read by measuring the diameter of induration (palpable raised hardened area) across the forearm (perpendicular to the long axis) in millimeters. No induration should be recorded as "0 mm". Erythema (redness) should not be measured.-Source(s): -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantoux_test
- 1 decade ago
TB test includes using a very tiny needle and 0.1ml of PPD or Purified Protein Derivative is injected intradermally or just about the surface of the skin. It doesn't hurt I do all the time to my patient and co workers. Now the result will be read in 48 to 72 hours.Source(s): nurse
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- 1 decade ago
i had to get tested for tb for my job and i HATE needles. it really really doesn't hurt. but don't watch if you don't like needles. they put a tiny needle just below your skin and inject some liquid and it makes a small little bubble like a blister under your skin. in three days you have to go back to see if you have tb. if you do there will be a rash around it and you'll have to take like 9 months worth of medication. it really isn't that bad tho.
- Anonymous4 years ago
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- 1 decade ago
No don't worry at all if the nurse does it right( and the usually do) you barely feel a pinch just be happy that you probaly don't have it and it's a formality