If you suspect that you may have tuberculosis (TB), it’s important to get tested as soon as possible. TB is a serious bacterial infection that can affect the lungs, but it can also spread to other parts of the body. Fortunately, there are several tests available to diagnose TB, including the tuberculin skin test (TST) and the interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA).
While these tests are generally safe and effective, they can sometimes cause side effects. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the potential side effects of TB tests and what you can expect if you get tested at Nao Medical.
Potential Side Effects of TB Tests
Both the TST and IGRA involve injecting a small amount of protein from the TB bacteria into your skin or drawing a blood sample. While these procedures are generally safe, they can sometimes cause side effects, including:
- Redness, swelling, or itching at the injection site
- Muscle aches
These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own within a few days. However, if you experience severe or persistent symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider right away.
Getting Tested for TB at Nao Medical
If you’re concerned about TB or have been exposed to someone with TB, Nao Medical can help. We offer both the TST and IGRA tests, as well as other diagnostic tests and treatments for TB. Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional care in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
When you come to Nao Medical for TB testing, you can expect:
- Minimal wait times
- Same-day appointments
- Exceptional and empathetic staff
- Stunning clinic environments
- A technologically driven approach with a comprehensive app
- Extensive after-hours virtual care
Our goal is to make your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. If you test positive for TB, we’ll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body. TB is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
What are the symptoms of TB?
The symptoms of TB can vary depending on the part of the body that’s affected, but they often include coughing, chest pain, fever, and fatigue.
How is TB diagnosed?
TB can be diagnosed through a variety of tests, including the tuberculin skin test (TST) and the interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA).
Is TB treatable?
Yes, TB is treatable with antibiotics. Treatment usually involves taking several different antibiotics for several months.
Can TB be prevented?
Yes, TB can be prevented through vaccination and by taking precautions to avoid exposure to the bacteria.
- TB tests are generally safe and effective, but they can sometimes cause side effects.
- Common side effects of TB tests include redness, swelling, fever, headache, and fatigue.
- If you’re concerned about TB, Nao Medical can help. We offer both the TST and IGRA tests, as well as other diagnostic tests and treatments for TB.
- Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional care in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
Don’t wait to get tested for TB. Book an appointment with Nao Medical today to receive the care you need.