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    Does anyone know how long it takes for a TB skin test to show ++?

    I know it has to be looked between 48 and 72hrs. But how soon would a positive show up? if you are having a reaction with in 12hrs, is that a positive?? or do you have to wait the full time for a result?
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    I think 3 days.. thats usually when the nurses have my kids to come back to the office for it to be read.
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    I was thinking 3 days too. My dh actually had a positive test which scared the willy nilly out of us. He got a chest exray and had to take antibiotics and strong vitamins for a long time. I still do not completely understand it but he doesn't have it and isnt contageous.


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    Re the 12 hrs. I had it get pretty big the first part of the day but it was due to me having very sensive skin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyous
    I was thinking 3 days too. My dh actually had a positive test which scared the willy nilly out of us. He got a chest exray and had to take antibiotics and strong vitamins for a long time. I still do not completely understand it but he doesn't have it and isnt contageous.
    Someone can be 'exposed' and have a positive skin test, but not actually have it. I really don't like the skin test as there are so many false positives that really scare people..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami
    I know it has to be looked between 48 and 72hrs. But how soon would a positive show up? if you are having a reaction with in 12hrs, is that a positive?? or do you have to wait the full time for a result?
    To be honest it varies . Some look as if it could positive hours after, but 'clear' up just before it's read.
    SINGLE Mom to 3 and 1 angel--B, , K, & C


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    There is another thing to remember - the skin can be quite red and even have a big red circle, but it's the "bump" they measure, not the skin.
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    aaron had a +++ tb test. he had the serum one injected in his arm. for the first 2 days it wasn't even red. the 3rd day when we were getting ready to go to the ped for them to check his arm he woke up and it looked like a gigantic bug bite. by the afternoon it was huge.

    he had to have a chest x-ray which thank goodness was clear so he does not have tb but if he was near someone with tb he could contract it. so he has now been on an antibiotic for tb and has to be on it for 9 months. because he is big for his age that he is on an adult dosage and it causes him to have hallucinogenic dreams.


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    Wait the full three days. The first day my kids got the serum shot like Aaron, their arms were red. By the third day you couldn't even find the spot.
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    I had to do two shots a month apart, I think?? The second one immediately swelled and looked bad *to me* all the way up until the day I went in to have it read...and it was negative.


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