I got my ppd today- last one was in May, before I started working in the ED. Now, right where my test was given, it's red about one half inch all the way around where it was injected and slightly raised (I can tell when I look at my arm at an angle). I've never had this happen before.
I'm scared. Mainly because I'm 6 months pregnant. Can I take the meds if I'm pregnant? Good grief!
I thought for sure I'd know what a positive reaction looks like, since I've never had one. But I'm sitting doing the whole "Maybe it's a local reaction and it will go away". I've marked the site, drew a line around it to see if it spreads.
Oct 21, '05
I was doing IT work for a home healthcare agency and had to get a PPD. I had a "non-typical" reaction, not positive but still some slight redness and a tiny bit of swelling, the very experienced QA nurse who did our inhouse stuff, measured, took pictures, looked up in the book, and said it was definitley not a positive, so dont worry. She told me to expect that type of result in the future.
There is another thread on here I read recently about a number of people with this type of reaction, the consensus seemed to be a possible slight allergey to the presevative in the test.
Last edit by Balder_LPN on Oct 21, '05