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TB skin test - harmful?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM
Created October 19, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Hi all, regardless of how people feel about vaccinations, what's the deal with the TB skin test? Is it injecting something into you? Is there anything potentially harmful being injected?

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15226 · October 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I'm not sure exactly what would be an unintended consequence but many vaccines have mercury in them, others have traces of peanut, etc

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15226 · October 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The wiki Tine test answer isn't that great, again this site often provides far better answers.

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15226 · October 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Thanks, I'm not so worried about catching TB as having any other unintended consequence.

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15226 · October 19, 2012 at 6:07 AM

And don't you think I've been on this site long enough to know what is and isn't a question for google?

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15226 · October 19, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Google brings up all of the 'official' answers, like livestrong and other places telling us stuff which may or may not be true. This site has (or had) a better collective braintrust than most other places.

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2417 · October 19, 2012 at 3:59 AM

This is exactly the sort of thing Google is for.

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4632 · October 19, 2012 at 7:22 AM

From what I understand, live bacteria is not used in the TB skin test, so apparently you are at no risk of developing TB from the test, according to my immunologist.

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41312 · October 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The old test: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tine_test THe new test: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantoux_test

You're exposed to purified protein antigens, not the pathogen itself. No chance of catching TB.

(And yes, this was easily Googled, Wikipedia results were on the first page.)

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15226 · October 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I'm not sure exactly what would be an unintended consequence but many vaccines have mercury in them, others have traces of peanut, etc

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15226 · October 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The wiki Tine test answer isn't that great, again this site often provides far better answers.

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15226 · October 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Thanks, I'm not so worried about catching TB as having any other unintended consequence.

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189 · October 19, 2012 at 5:50 AM

i have to have it every two years for my work... so no matter how non-paleo it is i'll just have to suck it up to keep my job. not stressing from being unemployed will help keep my cortisol levels down and also give me sufficient money to continue to buy organic, free range, non-gmo, grass fed foods. :)

but i think they put in a small amount of the disease just under your skin to see if it reacts- i don't do vaccines as i don't need a quickly mutating illness put into my skin, but not sure what a "test" uses to actually check.

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