If you suspect you may have a TB infection or you need to satisfy a health panel for your job or school, we can help. Coastal Urgent Care’s lab services include walk-in TB skin tests, so you can put your mind at ease and get on with your life ASAP.
What Is TB?
Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection of the lungs that can spread to other areas of the body, including the spine, brain and kidneys. TB can be passed from person to person through bodily fluids or through the air. If an infected person coughs, sneezes or even speaks in close proximity to someone else, there is a risk of transmission.
It’s important to note that there are two types of TB. The first, latent TB infection, is when someone is carrying TB germs but doesn’t have an active infection. Someone with TB disease has an active TB infection and will showcase symptoms such as:
- Overall feeling of sickness
- Generalized weakness
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
There may also be secondary symptoms if the TB infection spreads from the lungs to other parts of the body.
Who Needs A TB Skin Test?
If you’re experiencing symptoms of tuberculosis, it’s vital that you schedule a TB test as soon as possible. You may also want to schedule a test if you have been exposed to TB or have been in contact with someone with a confirmed latent TB infection.
TB Skin Tests
We offer patients the option to take a skin test designed to determine whether or not they have an active or latent TB infection. This test requires two visits; the first visit involves a quick injection of fluid under the skin on the lower arm while the second visit, scheduled two or three days later, is when the test’s results are read.
A hard, raised area at the injection site likely indicates a positive skin test and further testing may be required. If there are little to no signs of a reaction at the test site, the test is most likely negative and the patient does not have TB.
Make An Appointment For Lab Services
Our facility is open seven days a week to help patients just like you get the care they need. For more information about getting a TB skin test, contact our team or visit our Wall Township location.