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Exposure To Tuberculosis
Could the drug isonizide cause peripheral neuropathy years later? I took it for nine months because of exposure to tuberculosis. I do not have tb.
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
PPD testing serially: Serial PPD (tuberculosis skin testing) should be performed to determine if this pregnant woman had been previously exposed to tb, or if this exposure was enough to convert her PPD from negative to positive. New PPD conversions to positive should be assessed for active TB with chest x-ray and treated fully with anti-tb medication(s) as Isoniazid for 6-9 months. See a maternal-fetal medicine doctor! ...Read more
I had exposure to a tuberculous pt recently who was untreated and bleeding from mouth. Was quite near when she was coughing.guide about my risks n tes?
Risks...: First, you need to find out if you have a positive tuberculosis skin test. If you have a positive skin test, you can take medications to decrease your risk of developing active tuberculosis. Typically, it takes a bigger exposure than you describe to contract TB, but see your doctor and get a skin test to figure out if you need treatment or not. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
MycobacteriumTubercu: Tuberculosis is an infection by a bacteria MycobacteriumTuberculi Most of the time it affects Lungs but can infect other organs like Lymph Glands,kidneys and the spine.It can really affect other organs rarely bones,brain and Gastrointinal System Needs to be treated with multiple antibiotics for several months And it is very contagious ...Read more
Tuberculosis: Few years ago, who estimated, one third of world population get TB infection. Highest rate: se asia, china, india, africa and latin america. If left untreated, 5-10% develop TB disease. Crowded, poor environmental condition, poor nutritional status enhance transmission. A slow killing disease, can affect every human organ, if untreated causes death. 3-4 meds needed for minimum 9 months for cure. ...Read more
TB: The tuberculosis bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection and TB disease. Treatment for both entails taking antibiotics for a significant period. ...Read more
Antibiotics: While it depends on the type and site of the tuberculosis (TB) infection, TB is generally treated with a combination of 3 or 4 antibiotics. The antibiotics are used for 6-9 months, and sometimes longer depending on the nature of the infection. Tb is a notoriously slow dividing bacteria, and this slow growth is the reason it takes so long for a TB infection to be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Its depends: Two types of tuberculosis (TB) exist. Each requires a specialist. Active TB often leads to fevers, cough, weight loss, weakness & night sweats. This type of TB is serious, highly contagious & requires several antibiotics to be taken for months. Fortunately active TB is a rare infection in the USA. Latent TB is more common, causes no symptoms, but it still requires an antibiotic for 6 to 9 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need chest X-ray: Positive TB skin test simply means tested person was exposed to an active case of tb. If the person remains asymptomatic (free of active disease signs, e.g., weight loss, night sweat, cough, etc) with negative chest x-ray, he (she) has a latent tb. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer