TB Screening Test

What is a TB test? A tuberculin skin test is done to determine whether or not an individual has been exposed to tuberculosis (TB). The process involves applying a small, safe amount of TB protein (or antigens) onto a part of the skin. If the area develops a small red bump after a couple of days, then you have been exposed to TB bacteria at some point in your life.

However, a TB test won’t be able to tell you exactly how long you’ve been infected with tuberculosis. Taking a TB skin test can help to narrow down medical complications or rule out the possibility of having TB.

Urgent Care TB Skin Test

Understanding the symptoms of tuberculosis can help you to determine the possibility of having TB or needing to get a TB test. If you’re exhibiting any of the following symptoms, give us a call today at Metro Urgent Care and we’ll get you in for an urgent care TB test:

  • An ongoing cough, persisting three or more weeks
  • A cough that results in expelling blood
  • Pain in the chest area
  • Any pain during breathing and/or coughing
  • Weight loss that is unintentional or a general loss of appetite
  • General fatigue
  • A fever
  • Night sweats and/or chills

While you may not exhibit all symptoms of tuberculosis, it helps to know what the symptoms are so that you can make an informed decision to visit a healthcare professional. If you have any questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing, you can give us a call and we can help you assess the severity and whether or not you should visit a doctor.

The following are common scenarios where an individual may be recommended to take a TB test:

  • Anyone who has been in close proximity to someone else who is known to have/had TB
  • Any healthcare workers and professionals that may have been exposed to TB patients and environments
  • Anyone with a chest x-ray result that shows abnormal results
  • Anyone exhibiting TB symptoms, namely night sweats, weight loss, an ongoing cough, etc.
  • Anyone who has had an organ transplant
  • Anyone with an impaired or weakened immune system
  • Anyone who may have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

The only time a TB skin test may not be recommended for is anyone who is known to already have a TB infection, has had severe reactions to TB antigens, or develops skin rashes that may make it challenging to determine an accurate outcome of a TB test.

Contact us today at Metro Urgent Care to get your urgent care TB skin test. We make it as easy as possible for you to receive your test and treatment so that you can spend less time worrying or waiting and more time making a recovery. If you don’t know if you have TB, there is generally no risk to getting an urgent care TB test to rule out possible outcomes of any medical complications you’re having.

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