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I feel fine Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: The purpose of the recommended treatment is to prevent you from developing active tuberculosis when you can afford it the least, when you are older an ... Read More
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes because: The idea of treating latent TB is to make sure it never becomes active. If it ever becomes active, you will get really really sick. Better to take ... Read More
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Absolutely: Unless you do not care check with your lung doc!

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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Don't think so: Latent tuberculosis means there are no signs nor symptoms of TB, but only a positive screening test. Doctors wouldn't be able to locate and collect th ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Do you have it?: That's a hard question to answer based on the information you've provided. If you have a positive skin test or blood test for latent tb, the indicatio ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Prophylactic treatment, e.g., administration of isoniazid for 9 months, can prevent activation of latent TB.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnon Rubin
23 years experience Internal Medicine
A dormant infection: Latent TB is when someone gets TB and the body is able to suppress the infection but not fully get rid of the organism. They are then "dormant". When ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Dormant: It means that the person carries the bacteria that cause TB in a dormant stage, typically no symptoms are noted, and it is a non contagious state. In ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Sure: Latent TB is a dormant form of infection, and affected individual does not infect contacts. It should be remembered, however, that latent TB can be ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Antibiotics: If you are 35 or less, it is recommended to take prophylactic antibiotics. If you are older than 35, the risk of taking the antibiotic is higher and o ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
DOT: When someone from the health authorities checks regularly that the person is taking the prescribed medications to ensure compliance.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
39 years experience Geriatrics
Visit CDC.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/treatment/ltbitreatmentoptions.htm if pt is less that 35 years may receive inh (isoniazide) 5 mg/kg or 3 ... Read More

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