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Dr. Scott Lindquist
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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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My TB (tuberculosis) test is positive, but I don't feel any symptoms. Why?

My TB (tuberculosis) test is positive, but I don't feel any symptoms.  Why?

Chest X ray: It is possible to have active TB with very little symptoms especially early on. However, it is more than likely that you carry the germ for TB in a dormant form, this is called latent tb. No symptoms are expected with latent tb. ...Read more

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Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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Please tell me what a normal result after a TB test (tuberculosis) looks like?

Please tell me what a normal result after a TB test (tuberculosis) looks like?

TB: Tuberculin Tine Test- is smooth to moderately deep palpation. What is important is what it feels like - not what it looks like. ...Read more

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Why must I take tuberculosis (tb) medicine even if my results were negative?

Why must I take tuberculosis (tb) medicine even if my results were negative?

Mgt: A virtual appointment may be booked online to review the test results including any radiographs. Were any household members under treatment for TB ? ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What are the signs and symptoms of tuberculosis tb?

Pulmonary TB: Which is the most common form causes cough, sputum production sometimes with blood, night sweats and weight loss. It is diagnosed by chest x-ray and sputum exam and culture. Extra pulmonary TB such as in the kidney, bone or nervous system will cause symptoms related to the organ involved but renal TB may be remarkably silent until late in the disease. ...Read more

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What happen when someone with latent tuberculosis (tb) goes without treatment?Can get worst?Can become active tb?Can goes away on the own?

What happen when  someone with latent tuberculosis (tb) goes without treatment?Can get worst?Can become active tb?Can goes away on the own?

Reactivation TB: Latent TB can become active if the infected person becomes immune suppressed from any cause such as chemotherapy or malnutrition. Benefits versus risks of treatment should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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Where can you get a bcg, or bacille calmette-guerin, vaccine for tuberculosis (tb)?

Where can you get a bcg, or bacille calmette-guerin, vaccine for tuberculosis (tb)?

Not in USA: BCG Vaccine is not used and is not available in USA as it is not very effective vaccine. It is still used in other countries ...Read more

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Tuberculosis vaccinated, TB test positive...Will my ANA be positive because of TB test positive due to vaccine?

Tuberculosis vaccinated, TB test positive...Will my ANA be positive because of TB test positive due to vaccine?

No: There is no cross reaction between them. By the way, up to 5% of normal individuals may test positive to ANA test, usually at low titer. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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If tuberculosis shows negatibe in everh test..But all thr symptoms supportd it...Doed TB medicine is advisable?

If tuberculosis shows negatibe in everh test..But all thr symptoms supportd it...Doed TB medicine is advisable?

Symptoms ?: In the US TB is treated with multiple meds at one time due to germ resistance and for months to years. I could never recommend such a treatment based only of suspicion & no verified testing. There are many alternative conditions that produce the vague symptoms often seen with TB & these must all be considered. ...Read more

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My son had tuberculosis when he was 9years old. His coughing however sounds really bad. Is it possible for TB to have a relapse?

My son had tuberculosis when he was 9years old. His coughing however sounds really bad. Is it possible for TB to have a relapse?

Tuberculosis: Although the first thought may be a reinfection, it may not be probable. Your son is probably as healthy or healthier than his peers (malnutrition is often associated with tb). He needs a consultation with his primary care physician or pulmonologist. If necessary, a chest x-ray maybe indicated. My feeling is that he probably just have a bad cold (or whooping cough). ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What are the causes of tuberculosis? How contagious is TB and can breathing clean air help?

Complicated question: Tb is mycobacterium tuberculosis. There are more than sever related mycobacterium species though. It is contagious..Very in fact if you have active pulmonary disease. Other forms are less infective or pose no threat transmit at all like bone infection (pott's puffy tumor). Can breathing clean air help..Well..It won't hurt. Thats what the TB sanitariums of the 16-20th centuries were doing. ...Read more

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Can treated TB lymphadenitis pass to fetus or can baby be born with tuberculosis?

Can treated TB lymphadenitis pass to fetus or can baby be born with tuberculosis?

No, baby is OK: TB lymphadenitis - if there's any good news here - is confined to the lymph system. In order to have the baby infected by TB you would have to have miliary TB which is not what you described. Certainly you need close follow up care with your doctors to help you and your baby through this critical time. The good news is you're on meds, which means the bacteria are being destroyed. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs, but can ...Read more