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can latent TB reactivate more than once

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Beach
39 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: In most individuals, mycobacterium tuberculosis infection (TB) is contained initially by host defenses, and the infection remains latent (asleep, inac ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Latent TB has no clinical consequences as long as it remains latent.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
TUBERCULOSIS: Latent TB starts as a primary infection.Foci may leave nodular scars in the apices of one or both lungs. Active PTB or reactivation occurs often in l ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shalini Sethi
20 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: yes that's true . Active bacteria hide in lymph nodes and become latent . They can become active once immunity declines.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to say: For most individuals re-exposure will only give an individual a chance to boost their immunity and thereby keep the inactivated virus in check.If thei ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: No. People with latent TB aren't sick and they aren't coughing up TB bacteria.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Rubella: No once you have rubella it gives you life long immunity and you will not get it again.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maya Haasz
14 years experience Pediatrics
TB: Someone who is exposed to TB can develop latent TB
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes: People do not get immune to herpes. Once you have herpes it is a permanent infection. That us until the post exposure vaccine is available.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
No: BCG vaccination was intended to protect infants and young children from developing a severe form of TB.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No, but...: Classic infectious mono results from epstein-barr infection, but the first time you meet CMV and the first time you meet toxoplasmosis, exactly the sa ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No: But you clearly want to see a TB expert. Your question is unclear. With contagious TB there would be the health department on the case to avoid infect ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
29 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Two questions: 1) no hashimoto's thyroiditis is a auto- immune disease which does not cause immune suppression. 2) chronic use of steroids ( prednisone) can cause i ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Coxsackie: Yep, you can get coxsackie virus more than once. This causes hand-foot-mouth disease, a common viral illness. Target lesions occur in the mouth and th ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Possilble, unlikely: There are different strains of hantavirus and exposure to one may not confer immunity to others, but acquiring this is unusual to begin with, and gett ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Doubt it: Think of your "carrier centers"-the nasal passages & upper airway/throat as a hotel. Germs check in, stay for a while & leave. Some, including ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Varies with age: If you are referring to the adult preparation the answer is simple. The pn23 vaccine is given once to adults after the age of 65 and may be given a se ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Smoking: Stop smoking and see what develops.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Possible: Chicken pox is a virus that can affect your immunity and if you were inadequately treated for TB, it could be reactivated. Chicken pox will often cau ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
It's possible: This is possible but usually harmless. The large majority of people with group A beta strep never get sick from it.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
No: For someone who had natural chicken pox to catch same disease again and transmit to someone else is very unlikely.

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