U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Piscataway, NJ
A 20-year-old male asked:

Tb i had my skin test - redness 40 mm i will do the chest xray tomorrow ! but am i contagious ? what are the side effects of the treatment for tb ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Angela Walker
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Tuberculosis: Because you are having a chest xray means there is concern that you have active tuberculosis. If you are not coughing you may not be contagious; only a chest xray could help determine if you are contagious. Therefore, it important to take precautions until the chest xray is done and reported. If you are coughing, you should cover your mouth or wear a mask until the xray is reported as negative.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
If you are: Coughing, you are able to spread the disease. They may try to culture to see for check for variants. Standard drugs are inh/ethambutol. Duration of therapy is long. Side effects not too troubling.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.