I have a cold, can I still take a TB test?

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   Posted 1/29/2013 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
After the latest findings in colonoscopy (multiple polyps and extensive inflammation), my GI wants me off of pred and on Humira ASAP. I scheduled an appt with my primary doctor this saturday to perform the TB test, but of course my luck would give me a cold.
Can I still get this test done or should I wait until the cold passes? I am sure my GI wants me to get the TB test before I see him again to discuss Humira.
PS: I didnt have any concrete symptoms of inflammation ie. no blood, pain, etc. the only thing I had was those ribbon like stools I posted a few weeks ago.

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   Posted 1/29/2013 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't see why not, it's really just for a skin irritation, although if it came up as a problem I'd get a retest just in case the cold had an effect on the test.
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   Posted 1/29/2013 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it would be fine. It is weird to me you have to go to your PCP to get your test. My GI did it at their office.
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   Posted 1/29/2013 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI always performs my TB tests too.

But I don't think a cold should interfere with the test.

I hope you feel better soon! I don't know what's worse to be honest, a cold or a flare! Lol
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