11 Signs of Tuberculosis You Shouldn’t Ignore

Getting tested for TB

The test for tuberculosis is a skin prick test known as the Mantoux tuberculin skin test. The doctor will use a needle to inject a small amount of fluid under the skin of the forearm. This fluid is called tuberculin and it contains inactive TB protein.

The results are “read” in two or three days. Basically, if a raised bump or swelling appears at the injection site, it’s a positive result that indicates the presence of TB bacteria. However, a positive result does not necessarily mean that you have active TB.

In most cases, doctors will want to treat even latent TB to prevent the possibility of an active infection that becomes contagious.

Because tuberculosis is relatively rare at this point in time, you probably won’t need a routine screening for it unless you fall into a high risk category. Thankfully, TB is treatable, though it generally requires a variety of powerful antibiotics given to reduce the chances of the disease becoming resistant to medication. For now, just being able to recognize the signs of tuberculosis puts you ahead of the game.

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