Does The Horse haveTB?

@TheHorse (74635)
Walnut Creek, California
October 10, 2018 9:15am CST
Please remind me to go get my TB test read this afternoon! I got "poked" on Monday, and can be read anywhere from 48 to 72 hours after. I'll be working this morning, and will (if I remember) head to the Doctor's office right after. I actually Googled what a positive test looks like. There would be a lump there, which I don't have. How often do you get TB tests? I got this one because I'm starting a new job. Have you ever known anyone who tested positive for TB?
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@andriaperry (63212)
• Anniston, Alabama
10 Oct
I have not seen that test done in ages. I have never had that test, but for most of my life I owned my own business, so. Oh and hey, don`t forget to get that test read this afternoon.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Oct
Heh heh. Thanks!
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@andriaperry (63212)
• Anniston, Alabama
10 Oct
@TheHorse No problem.
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@LadyDuck (187324)
• Switzerland
10 Oct
I do not need the test, I am not part of the categories who need a TB test. Back in my days we got the TB vaccine that I think it's not widely used in the United States, but it was in Italy.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Oct
I think I've gotten TB tests on and off since I was a child.
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@LadyDuck (187324)
• Switzerland
11 Oct
@TheHorse We were vaccinated when we were kids and I am sure we repeated the vaccination years later. We do not need to be tested.
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@JudyEv (140686)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
@LadyDuck @TheHorse I'd forgotten that but we got vaccinated against it too. I had we had three vaccinations in one - whooping cough, TB and tetanus. Later we had the Salk vaccine for polio.
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@Corbin5 (122237)
• United States
10 Oct
I always got one when I would start teaching in a new school district.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Oct
Makes sense. Sounds like a new position, especially in teaching, is a key.
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@vandana7 (68961)
• India
11 Oct
That is good...
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@Corbin5 (122237)
• United States
11 Oct
@vandana7 Yes, a very wise thing for a school district to do.
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@FourWalls (16198)
• United States
10 Oct
Man, I hope you don't test positive for Taco Bell! My dad's test was positive, even though he didn't have it. His grandfather did have it, so he had "the germ" but not the actual disease. I don't think I've been tested this decade. I had to get tested when I got a temp job as a file clerk in a hospital, though. Y'know, I might breathe on a piece of paper that a doctor might touch three years later and give cooties to someone as a result....
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Oct
But of course. Did your dad have to jump through a lot of hoops to be "cleared"?
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@FourWalls (16198)
• United States
10 Oct
@TheHorse — no, he didn’t. I think even in the 70s he had that pretty well documented.
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@wolfgirl569 (13466)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Oct
I havent had one for years. My last one was when I was still working in nursing homes.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Oct
Did they make you get them every four years or so?
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@wolfgirl569 (13466)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Oct
@TheHorse I dont remember how often now but yes every so many years as you are at higher rick of getting it.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Oct
@wolfgirl569 What makes a person "at risk"?
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@vandana7 (68961)
• India
11 Oct
I did. Well ..the x ray read "suspected koch's infection", which is another name for Tuberculosis. Underwent treatment, and this January I tested again while taking a new health coverage, and there were no issues.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
Do you know why you tested positive for a minute there?
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@vandana7 (68961)
• India
11 Oct
@TheHorse Not minute..LOL. I had a senior colleague who was coughing too much and had a bad cold. He did not know how to use computer and used to get his statements prepared by me. I got the cold from him, and at first I ignored it. When it crossed two weeks, I was concerned, and approached a doctor, who declared it was not something to be concerned about. When third week I was still feeling down, I approached my homeopath doctor, who immediately sent me to another allopath, asking me to be tested for TB. ESR was high, peptide test negative, westergren negative, x ray as mentioned. He still treated me for TB for a fortnight and thereafter the homeopath gave me medications for over six months. At the end of it, x ray was normal, and so also ESR. Not had major issues since then.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
@vandana7 Do you think you actually had a mild case of TB? DE just posted that there is a high rate in India.
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@JudyEv (140686)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
I think we might have been tested as kids. I don't think it is too much of a worry here any more.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
I knew I'd test "negative" It seems to be something here that's required when you get a new new job--especially one that involves working with people. The college I teach at also requires that I keep my TB "current."
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@vandana7 (68961)
• India
11 Oct
@TheHorse You really don't have to worry...you eat so much non veg..
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
@vandana7 Does meat keep one from getting TB? But all those cute cows and chickens...
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@just4him (131899)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct
I hope it turns out well. I haven't known anyone who tested positive. I've had the test several times, and might even be due for another one. I hope not.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
Monday's poke hurt more than usual (young nurse trainee?). But the test was negative.
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@just4him (131899)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Oct
@TheHorse I'm glad it was negative.
@Tampa_girl7 (27386)
• United States
10 Oct
I haven't had one done in years. Every time I went overseas the Air Force would stick me with a half a dozen things
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Oct
Hopefully they didn't make you sick!
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@Tampa_girl7 (27386)
• United States
10 Oct
@TheHorse I can't recall ever getting sick from them.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Oct
@Tampa_girl7 I don't get a flu shot (I rarely get more than a yearly cold), but all of my other immunizations are up-to-date.
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@NJChicaa (48361)
• United States
10 Oct
I got tested 17 years ago when I started this job. That was the last time.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Oct
I wonder if there are any set "rules" about how often it's supposed to be done. At one of my jobs, where I stayed for fifteen years, I think they asked us to re-do it a couple of times. Now that I think about it, a nurse came in and did it on-site. That was convenient.
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@NJChicaa (48361)
• United States
10 Oct
@TheHorse they’ve never asked us to redo it. I wouldn’t mind if they did. It only takes a second.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
@NJChicaa Well, two seconds. One to poke you, and another to read it two or three days later.
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@DaddyEvil (26184)
• Aurora, Missouri
11 Oct
I had a TB skin test done when I started working at a nursing home back when I was 18 years old. (I didn't have it.) I do remember my mom testing positive for TB when she started working at the same nursing home. (She didn't have TB, either. But she had gotten a BCG vaccine when she was much younger, so her test was a false positive.) As far as I can remember, I haven't been tested for TB since I quit working in nursing home settings.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Oct
Maybe it's something that's required when people are going to work in settings where they will be in close contact with other people. I know that my college requires it as well.
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@DaddyEvil (26184)
• Aurora, Missouri
13 Oct
@TheHorse Hmmm.... interesting. I always thought it was because we may come in contact with someone who already has TB, but then we would be tested after working in that environment for some time... I don't understand why we'd be tested before working in an environment where we might come in contact with someone who already has TB. That really doesn't make sense.
@teamfreak16 (42401)
• Denver, Colorado
11 Oct
I've gotten three of them in the last ten years or so. Just got one a couple months ago. I get them through the VA.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
Was there a particular reason (new job, etc.). Or do you just have one done periodically?
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@teamfreak16 (42401)
• Denver, Colorado
11 Oct
@TheHorse - No, I just get them once in a while, although I have gotten them for jobs before. I also have them test me for HIV and stuff every so often.
@1creekgirl (12957)
• United States
10 Oct
If that's a photo from today, it doesn't look too bad, but you still need to get it read. Years ago when I first started working at the health dept, we were allowed to read routine TB tests as long as there was no bump or redness, then a nurse had to look at it. But a positive result doesn't mean you have TB.
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@DaddyEvil (26184)
• Aurora, Missouri
11 Oct
That is true. (I told pony about my mom testing positive for TB when she worked at a nursing home. Hers was a false positive test.)
@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
I got it read yesterday. They could tell it was negative quickly.
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• Pamplona, Spain
28 Nov
Only when at School but I think its a good idea to get tested for that. We had a special care unit for us to be able to go there and get treated and it was in the countryside that is if we had contracted it. Luckily most of us were healthy considering the lack of good food we had just right then.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
Glad you managed to survive difficult times. A sign of character, I think. Of course my test was negative.
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• Pamplona, Spain
29 Nov
@TheHorse A lot of us kids then lived in very old cold and very damp houses so it was easy to come down with something like that. Thank you glad I never got it either and very glad your test was negative too.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Nov
@lovinangelsinstead21 Glad you didn't get it either.
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@Inlemay (17164)
• South Africa
12 Oct
There was a great epidemic of TB in SA with the Dutch settlers coming from Europe and spreading it like wildfire and inoculation against it is compulsory from birth. I do hope you don't have it.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Oct
My test was negative. Interesting info about the Dutch in South Africa. I hadn't known that.
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@Inlemay (17164)
• South Africa
12 Oct
@TheHorse I knew it came from Europe but not via the Dutch, now its invaded all the African people too who dont have a great immune against it. Glad you are CLEAR of the TB
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Oct
@Inlemay So there a high incidence of TB among the native Africans? Has it spread to other countries?
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@snowy22315 (55796)
• United States
11 Oct
I have gotten a number of TB tests over the year, never positive for me. I do know someone who tested positive though and had to take medicine for a while.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
Glad to know there's treatment for it. I didn't get that far in my reading.
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@snowy22315 (55796)
• United States
11 Oct
@TheHorse Testing positive doesn't mean you have TB, just exposure to it.
@Hannihar (45778)
11 Oct
@TheHorse I wish I could help you. I do not recall getting a TB shot. You should go to the dctor as soon as possible.
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@TheHorse (74635)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
I got it read yesterday. No issues.
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@Hannihar (45778)
11 Oct
@TheHorse I was only on in the early morning and so did not see if you posted something. I am glad you got.
• United States
11 Oct
I haven't had that test done on me since BEFORE I started at the hospital to work in 1992, and the circle I see on your arm shows nothing suspicious so you should be fine
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• United States
12 Oct
Are you fine @TheHorse ?
@nanette64 (18182)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Oct
Yuppers; I've tested positive for TB (tired butt) @TheHorse .