Histoplasma Skin Test
The histoplasma skin test is used to check if you have been exposed to a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. The fungus causes an infection called
Histoplasmosis skin test
How the Test is Performed
The health care provider cleans an area of your skin, usually the forearm. An
How to Prepare for the Test
No special preparation is necessary for this test.
How the Test will Feel
You may feel a brief sting as the needle is inserted just below the skin.
Why the Test is Performed
This test is used to determine if you have been exposed to the fungus that causes histoplasmosis.
No reaction (inflammation) at the site of the test is normal. The skin test can rarely make histoplasmosis antibody tests turn positive.
Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Some labs use different measurements or test different samples. Talk to your provider about the meaning of your specific test results.
What Abnormal Results Mean
A reaction means you have been exposed to Histoplasma capsulatum. It does not always mean you have an active infection.
There is a slight risk of
This test is rarely used today. It has been replaced by a variety of
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Deepe GS. Histoplasma capsulatum (histoplasmosis). In: Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, Updated Edition. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 265.
Review Date: 09/27/2017
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