Tuberculosis Testing in Lakewood, CO
AFC Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic providing TB (PPD) tests with chest x-ray services on-site.
When applying to a school or taking a job in the healthcare industry, your employer or school may want to see the results of a TB Test. You may ask yourself “Where can I get a TB Test near me in Lakewood, CO?” While many primary care doctors can give this test, their schedules may not be convenient for you. Fortunately the AFC Urgent Care Center in Lakewood, CO can administer this test with no appointment ever needed. You can depend on our board certified doctors to promptly serve you and give you accurate results.
What is a TB Test?
A TB test (or Tuberculin Test) is given to check for tuberculosis. While this disease is common throughout the world, it is not very common in the United States. The disease affects the lungs and can be contagious through sneezing or coughing. To keep the rates of tuberculosis low in the United States, TB Tests are used to screen for this disease. What many people may not know, is that they could have tuberculosis and not even know it. Latent tuberculosis shows no symptoms what so ever, but it is also not contagious. However, there is a chance that those with latent tuberculosis could develop active tuberculosis if left untreated. While this chance is low, a TB Test will catch it and treatment can begin.
How does a TB Test work?
When seeing one of our doctors at AFC Urgent Care Lakewood, they will administer a TB Test, which is a skin test. TB Protein is put just under your skin on your inner forearm. If you have tuberculosis, then it will develop into a hard red bump. A positive result of this test develops over the course of 2 to 4 days, so you must come back to our center to have this test read. There is no additional charge to have a TB test read by our doctors. This test does not tell the difference between active tuberculosis and latent tuberculosis. Positive test results do require additional testing to determine the best treatment.
If I have latent tuberculosis? Do I need to be treated? How is it treated?
Absolutely! Doctors aggressively treat latent tuberculosis, so it doesn’t develop into active tuberculosis. This disease is treated with antibiotics, depending on the strain you are carrying. All of this is determined through additional testing.
What do I need to tell the doctor before a TB test?
There are a few things our doctors must know before administering a TB Skin test at AFC Urgent Care Lakewood. First and foremost, they need to know if you’ve already received a recent TB Skin Test or a TB Vaccine. These will both produce false positives. You should also tell your doctor if your skin currently has a rash or if you’ve had severe reactions to TB tests in the past. If your immune system is weakened due to medication or HIV, this is also vital to know. You should also inform our doctor if you’ve had any tuberculous related symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, night sweats, or a persistent cough. Finally, please let our providers know if you’ve recently been exposed to someone with TB or have traveled from a country that has high rates of this disease.
AFC Urgent Care Lakewood accepts most major insurances. Visit our insurance page to see a list of carriers we currently work with. Don’t see your company listed? Call our friendly staff today at 720-408-6189, and we’ll research what options are available. Are you uninsured? Ask about our self-pay rates.
We look forward to serving you.