Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
Tuberculosis (or TB) is spread by tiny germs that can float in the air. The TB germs may spray into the air via a person with TB disease of the lungs or through coughs, shouts, or sneezes. Anyone nearby can breathe TB germs into their lungs.
These germs can live in your body without making you sick, which is called a TB infection. Your immune system traps TB germs with special germ fighters. Your germ fighters keep TB germs from making you sick.
But sometimes, the TB germs can break away and spread. They can then cause TB disease. The germs can attack the lungs or other parts of the body, going to the kidneys, the brain, or the spine. If people have TB disease, they need medical help. Without said medical help, TB can be fatal.
How do I know if I have a TB infection?
A skin test is the only way to tell if you have a TB infection. The test is “positive” if a bump about the size of a pencil eraser or bigger appears on your arm. This bump means you probably have a TB infection.
The TB test can be provided on a walk-in basis but requires two separate visits within 48-72 hours of each other. For more information on the TB test or tuberculosis click here.
Schedule Your TB Test
If you have shown any symptoms related to TB, or just wanted to get checked out to be safe, the Randolph County Health Department is here to help. We can provide you with a TB test so you can walk away knowing which next steps you need to take. Contact us today to learn more about our TB testing services.