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  1. Hi, I am worried about the mantoux test that i have recieved which is the 2step because i have been getting these test for years and i just now have had it to where it is really red, not swollen but red now i know that you dont count redness, is that correct?? I have a little boy and i am afraid to go near him and breath by him b/c i have convinced myelf i have tb, the nurses have said its negative but it is a rather large redness and they said that maybe i becoming immune to the test?? can anyone shed any light to this, thanks alot!!!!
    Michelle
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  3. by   TMPaul
    Quote from shllby1
    Hi, I am worried about the mantoux test that i have recieved which is the 2step because i have been getting these test for years and i just now have had it to where it is really red, not swollen but red now i know that you dont count redness, is that correct?? I have a little boy and i am afraid to go near him and breath by him b/c i have convinced myelf i have tb, the nurses have said its negative but it is a rather large redness and they said that maybe i becoming immune to the test?? can anyone shed any light to this, thanks alot!!!!
    Michelle
    Reddness is NOT a positive test. It simply means an allergic reaction to some part of the PPD (usually the preseravtives used). It happens quite frequently. A dose or 2 of an antihistamine will clear it up. I'm an Employee Health/Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner and see a lot of allergic reactions. It is only positive if it is indurated.
    So, having said that, go and give your little guy a big hug and kiss.
  4. by   Cynthia1950
    Michelle,
    Is the red area hardened? You may have had a reaction to the solution. The nurses check for more than just reddness. When they nurse assessed the site, did she/he feel a hardened area? I know how upsetting this can be. What has your physician told you?
  5. by   shllby1
    thanks for the replies, and no it is not a hardened area just red, like someone put a quarter on my arm and lifted it and it is perfectly round and red but not raised or hard, then the redness fades away within a week. My doc didnt say anything cause i didnt go to him just the nurses.



    Quote from CyndyPax
    Michelle,
    Is the red area hardened? You may have had a reaction to the solution. The nurses check for more than just reddness. When they nurse assessed the site, did she/he feel a hardened area? I know how upsetting this can be. What has your physician told you?
  6. by   Audreyfay
    I worked with a Health Department and did tens of thousands of TB tests and readings. You have an allergy to the preservative in the solution. I get that type of response every time I get a TB test. Do not even give it a second thought.
  7. by   shllby1
    thanks for your reply, one more question even though i never had reactions before is that common to start getting reactions now?
    thanks alot,
    Michelle
    Quote from Audreyfay
    I worked with a Health Department and did tens of thousands of TB tests and readings. You have an allergy to the preservative in the solution. I get that type of response every time I get a TB test. Do not even give it a second thought.
  8. by   Audreyfay
    Yes, I had years and years of TB tests and never got any allergic reactions and then all of a sudden.....whallah! Now I always get the redness around the TB test site. I never get any swelling (induration), but it is always real red around it. Sometimes it even bruises. But, it is always negative because it is not raised, just red.
  9. by   shel_wny
    I just had a PPD test for TB for the first time ever and it became slightly raised and red, about the size of a quarter. It itched a bit and I found that Cortizone 10 worked wonderfully. The nurses said I was probably allergic to the serum or proteins in the shot. One chest x-ray later I was pronounced negative for TB. So don't worry.

    Shel
  10. by   Cynthia1950
    Quote from shllby1
    thanks for the replies, and no it is not a hardened area just red, like someone put a quarter on my arm and lifted it and it is perfectly round and red but not raised or hard, then the redness fades away within a week. My doc didnt say anything cause i didnt go to him just the nurses.
    Hi,
    You DID NOT have a positive TB test. There are several reasons this test became reddened, but I am betting that you probably had a reaction to the solution. In the future, when you must undergo the PPD test-inform whoever gives you the test about the reddness.
    Take care!!!!

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