Histoplasma skin test is a method to check if you have been exposed to a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. The fungus causes an infection called
How the test is performed
The health care provider will clean 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
There will be a brief sting as a needle is inserted just below the skin surface.
Why the test is performed
This test is used to determine if a person has been exposed to the fungus that causes
No reaction (inflammation) at the site of the test is normal. The skin test can sometimes 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 doctor 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.
What the risks are
There is a slight risk of
This test is rarely used today. It has been replaced by a variety of blood and urine tests.