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A 33-year-old member asked:

could you tell me what are my chances of contracting tb after being exposed to someone with active tb?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Moderate: Tb is considered moderately contagious. The chance of contracting TB depends on the closeness of the contact with the person who has pulmonary tuberculosis and the infectivity of that person. Persons with cavitary TB are most contagious followed by persons with positive sputum TB smears. Immunosuppressed persons are more susceptible to infection.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is TB spread?

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Coughing: The most common way TB is spead by close contact with some with active TB disease. It is often caught by someone coughing and spreading the TB organism in the air which other people inhale into their lungs and contract tb.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is active TB disease?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Tough to treat: It means it's not in the latent or dormant stage. It's actively causing an infection in the body, usually the lung but it can occur elsewhere like the kidneys. It's also considered contagious in this active phase and needs several medications to treat it.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I remember to take my TB medicines if I am not on dot?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Pill box: You can use a pill box, this way you remember to take it. You can ask someone to help you remember. If you have a computer or a smart phone, you can set recurrent alerts. You can put the medicine container in an obvious place that is hard to avoid, like the middle of your dinner table.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I keep from spreading tb?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Mask: Avoid contact with other people until your cough is improved and your sputum stains are negative. Wear a mask when in public.
A member asked:

If person has inactive tb, does he needs a treatment?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Needs treatment: This is called latent tuberculosis and does need to be treated. When first infected with tuberculosis most people are able to wall the organism off but not completely eradicate it. The organism may be inactive for many years but when it does activate it can spread to any organ system of the body and may be very difficult to treat. Get it treated.

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