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TB skin tests are often required as a condition of employment for workers in high risk settings such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and long-term care facilities and hospitals. They’re also highly recommended for anyone who has been exposed to someone with tuberculosis, or for people who are traveling overseas. But many people have questions about the testing procedures, as well as the symptoms of an infection. Here are a few frequently asked questions about TB skin testing.

What is Tuberculosis?-There are thousands of new cases of Tuberculosis each year in the United States. The infection is caused by a bacterium called mycobacterium tuberculosis, and mainly affects the lungs and respiratory system. Tuberculosis is treatable, but early detection is important. If Tuberculosis is untreated, it can also spread to other parts of the body including the digestive system, and even the central nervous system.

What are the Symptoms of TB?-Common symptoms include a cough that lasts more than three weeks, fevers, chills, night sweats, and rapid weight loss. Not everyone infected with TB actually becomes sick. Persons with a latent TB infection (LTBI) can easily spread the infection to others, particularly if they are in a high risk population. High risk populations include babies and young children, the elderly, the immunocompromised, and illicit drug users

What are the Procedures for a TB Skin Test?-We offer TB skin tests without an appointment every weekday except Thursday. We inject a small amount of testing solution just under the skin (with a very small needle) on your first visit. You will need to return within 24-72 hours to have the test “read.” Both procedures are quick and easy, and you can count on courtesy and professionalism at all times.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for TB skin testing, pre-employment drug screening or physicals, contact us online at this link or at 501-661-9992. In addition to TB skin testing, we also offer virtually every other conceivable medical testing procedure that you need, and we keep a Medical Review Officer (MRO) on staff to verify all testing results.