(Closed) Tuberculosis Test Scare!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had a positive TB test in March.  I kept looking at my arm telling my fiance it looked different than usual.  They said it was definitely a positive.  I only had to wait about ten minutes to go get the x-ray done then about a minute after that to read the results and it was negative.  They just told me that I can’t get a skin test ever again because it’ll always be positive (which is actually fine with me because I hate needles) but I don’t have tuberculosis.  I know it’s scary though, I was terrified the small amount of time I waited for the x-ray and her to read it.  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I had a positive test and was basically told what you were told…that I was allergic to the test (my sister is actually, so this may be a possibility), that I had been exposed to it, or that it was laying dormant in my body.  I had a chest x-ray and was fine, but I was told not to have another test because if it was laying dormant in my body, the test could activate it.  I was told to have a chest x-ray every five years unless I become symptomatic, which I never have.  If you’re in good health, I would say take a deep breath and relax if you can.  You are most likely 100% fine :).

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Also, I’m glad I’m not the only one, I’ve never known anyone to get a positive test.  I work in a group home by the way so that’s probably where I got exposed.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Don’t worry! Those tests are highly subjective and false positives are really common. There are several mycobacterium that can cause a positive test without being a strain that causes TB. 

TB tests are also pretty weird, I was vaccinated as a baby and should test positive, but never have. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

 

My brother and I BOTH had an allergic reaction to a TB test…but since we had never tested positive before…we had to get an x-ray AND take Isoniazid for 3 months. But now I never have to have another TB test in my life…so im not complaining ๐Ÿ™‚

Make sure that you keep record of the x-ray….a lot of jobs ask for proof of a negative x-ray following a positive TB test.

Post # 10
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3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

From my experience you’ll still be able to work with children.  At my job I work with kids mainly 13-18 but I sometimes have to work with kids as young as 9.  

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My roommate in college had a positive TB test and had to take meds for it for 3 months but she didn’t actually have TB.  (she emphasized to us over and over that she wasn’t contagious and wasn’t going to give us all TB – lol).  Try not to stress about it – I’m sure it’s nothing!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@izziebear:  My x-ray came back squeaky clean but they still made me take it. The isoniazid was not a problem for me…i was 15 so the not drinking was not an issue. I also did not have a single side effect…and I also only take antibiotics maybe once every 2 yrs or so. So hopefully if you have to take it it wont be too bad.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve had a positive test. I’ve worked in day cares and medical facilities. Of course I had to do the usual x-rays and they came out perfect.

I wouldn’t worry about your job, once they see the results you have nothing to worry about ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I got a pretty positive result back in April, the blotch stuck around for at least a month after I took the test.  The chest x-rays came out clear, but they put me on the meds anyway. ๐Ÿ™  I’m STILL taking them.  I just placed the order for my LAST refill, I’m ecstatic.  Only 125 pills to go. 

I don’t know if they usually put you on the Tb meds regardless of clear x-rays, but I think because I was going to school and I would be working with patients that they decided to go ahead and give me the antibiotics.  They’ll probably give it to you too, considering that you’re working with lots of students.  It’s not awful, just inconvenient to have to take pills all the time.  And you’re supposed to lay off the alcohol too.  Boooo.  Otherwise, not too bad.  Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜›  

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