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Tuberculosis Testing & Diagnosis

Travel Medicine Services at MDA located in Westfield, New Jersey offer travel consultations, travel immunizations and medications to help protect you while traveling internationally. You can get the Tuberculosis skin test at MDA Travel Medicine.

Tuberculosis or TB most commonly affects the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body. Tuberculosis is spread through the air from one person to another by droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the active lung infection. TB disease can be fatal.

Tuberculosis Symptoms

The symptoms of active TB of the lung are coughing, sometimes with sputum or blood, chest pains, weakness, weight loss, fever and night sweats. Tuberculosis is treatable with a six-month course of antibiotics.

Testing for TB Infection

There are two kinds of tests that are used to detect TB bacteria in the body: the TB skin test (TST) and TB blood tests. If you have a positive reaction, you will be given other tests to see if you have a latent TB infection or active TB disease.

The TB skin test

The TB skin test may be used to find out if you are infected with TB bacteria. After 2 or 3 days, you must return to have your skin test checked by a health care provider. You may have swelling at the site of injection. The health care provider will measure this swelling and tell you if your reaction to the test is positive or negative. Redness by itself is not considered part of the reaction.

Tuberculosis Risk Factors

Some people who have a latent TB infection are more likely to develop TB disease than others. Those at high risk for TB disease include:

Learn more about Tuberculosis Testing & Tuberculosis Diagnosis at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Contact Us

Travel Medicine specialists see healthy people who plan to travel to foreign countries or locations where infection risk is higher. In these cases, infectious disease doctors can help you determine whether special immunizations or other preventive measures are necessary for your travel destination.

If you have been traveling recently or have other risk factors for tuberculosis or tb infection, call one of our convenient locations to make an appointment, and get the TB skin test to determine if you have been exposed to the bacteria.

Travel Medicine Doctors

Office Location

525 Central Avenue, Suite C, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 233-0895 •   Fax: (908) 389-1933
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