Mantoux testing for tuberculosis

Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy in Airdrie is now offering Mantoux testing at our clinic.  Avoid the wait and book an appointment today.  We are usually able to book at Mantoux test appointment the same week it is requested.

What is tuberculosis (TB)?

TB is a bacterial infection that occurs when TB germs are breathed in to the chest.  TB disease happens when TB germs become active, causing illness.  TB infection happens when the germs remain dormant and do not cause illness. Some medical conditions may increase a persons risk of TB infection and disease.

What Is A Mantoux/Tuberculin Skin Test (TST)?

This is the test that reveals if someone has been infected with the TB bacteria.  A small amount of fluid is injected under the forearm skin.  This test spot is checked 48-72 hours after the injection has been given.  Based on the size of the skin’s reaction and an individual’s history, the reaction will be classified as significant or not.  Significant skin reactions may require further follow up to confirm or eliminate a TB disease diagnosis.

Who Gets the Test?

Most people can get the tuberculin skin test, unless there has been a severe reaction to a previous TST, a positive TST or a history of TB.

TST’s may be part of requirements for a school, workplace or travel to a new country.

What Do You Need to Know?

Book your TST by at Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy in Airdrie by filling out our appointment request form or call (403) 980-TRIP (8747).  We are currently booking Mantoux tests the same week we receive an appointment request.

Bring your medical history or any paperwork you need completed with you to your appointment.

Be available for a follow up test in person 48 hours later.

The staff at Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy will give you care instructions prior to your test and is very happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Additional info about Mantoux tests:

The American Center for Disease Control (CDC) has additional information about Mantoux testing here. If you have any questions about Mantoux tests, feel free to contact us.