First Choice makes it quick and easy to get a TB skin test!
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection that adversely affects the lungs and respiratory system, and there are thousands of new cases of Tuberculosis each year in the United States. TB infections are caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and it’s very treatable if it’s detected early enough. An untreated TB infection can spread throughout the body and cause problems for the digestive system and the central nervous system. Many people won’t know that they’re infected until they begin showing symptoms, and some people don’t get sick at all. But an individual with a latent TB infection (LTBI) can spread the infection to others, particularly small children and the elderly.
First Choice offers TB skin tests without an appointment every weekday except Thursday. The procedure is simple and it only takes a few minutes. During your first visit, we’ll inject a testing solution into your arm just below the skin. You’ll need to return in 24-72 hours to have the test “read,” and you’ll receive proof of a negative test.
Do I Need A TB Test?-People who work with high-risk populations will often need a TB skin test as a condition of employment. If you’re a healthcare worker or if you work with small children or the elderly, you’ll typically need a negative test before you can begin work. You should also get a test if you’ve been exposed to someone with TB or if you’re traveling overseas.
What are the Symptoms of Tuberculosis?-Common symptoms of a TB infection include a cough that lasts more than three weeks, fevers, chills, night sweats, and rapid weight loss. Some people with TB also report losing their appetite or becoming easily fatigued.
What if I’m Infected?-If you’re infected, you should contact your doctor right away. Tuberculosis is easily cured with a course of aggressive antibiotics, and the process can take up to six months. Be sure to ask your doctor if you can safely return to work, and ask about what precautions you’ll need to take to avoid spreading the infection to others.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact us online or at 501-661-9992.