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How long does it take for untreated tuberculosis to take over your body?

How long does it take for untreated tuberculosis to take over your body?

Tuberculosis: Ptb or pulmonarytb, when a child is infected, it usually heals and you call it primary complex. During reinfection, it usually involves the upper lobe of your lungs creating cavities and spreading throughout the lungfield depending on your resistance to infection. It could last for months or years. ...Read more

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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How long is it supposed to it take for untreated tuberculosis to kill you?

DependsOnManyFactors: If not treated with Antibiotics. In some the infection may get better with rest and good diet if the immune system is good like it was before the discovery of Antibiotics
It can take months for disease to progress and may spread to other organs in body.
So you can not guess as every case is different. Patients with poor immunity like AIDS and others will die pretty fast in few months. Others longer ...Read more

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How long does it take to be back on shape, After bring diagnoised with Bones Tuberculosis. My friend's father is 68 and has been sick for longtime.

How long does it take to be back on shape, After bring diagnoised with Bones Tuberculosis. My friend's father is 68 and has been sick for longtime.

Bone TB: TB of the bone is a very serious disease, and must be carefully evaluated and treated for a period of time necessary to control the disease. Have your friends father check with his doctor re: any questions. ...Read more

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How many shot does the tuberculosis vaccine require and after the treatment is complete how long does it take for me to be immune?

There is no immunity: I assume you're talking to the only available vaccine that has been around since 1921, this is also known as bcg. Vaccine provides a tiny amount of protection for small group of people only. It seems to be safe however you will test positive for tuberculosis for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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What medicine do you take for tuberculosis? How long do you have to take it for?

What medicine do you take for tuberculosis? How long do you have to take it for?

Extremely variable: There is no one simple, correct answer for this. See: https://www. Drugs. Com/condition/tuberculosis-active. Html ...Read more

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How long do you have take medication for active tuberculosis? What medications are used to treat it?

How long do you have take medication for active tuberculosis? What medications are used to treat it?

6-9 months: Treatment for active TB consists of an initial phase of two months with four medications (rifampin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, ethambutol). This is followed by the continuation phase of another 4-7 months with Rifampin and Isoniazid for drug susceptible tb. ...Read more

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I had tuberculosis. Now I am ok. But want to take precautions so that I don't get it again. What steps can I take. My body weight is normal now.

I had tuberculosis. Now I am ok. But want to take precautions so that I don't get it again. What steps can I take. My body weight is normal now.

Reduce risk: Maintain a healthy life style, avoid smoking or use of street drugs, avoid exposure to infected people, if immunodeficient take medications as prescribed to improve your immune function ...Read more

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How long does the tuberculosis skin test take?

How long does the tuberculosis skin test take?

48-72 hours: Any physician can order or apply a TB skin test. A very tiny needle is used to inject the test media, on the forearm. You will need to return in 48-72 hours to have it read. ...Read more

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I have untreated tuberculosis, can I die?

I have untreated tuberculosis, can I die?

Yes: Slowly, painfully, many have before effective treatments were developed. Nowadays, the risk is minimal, particularly if you are otherwise in good health. Tb is very treatable with minor exceptions. ...Read more

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What type of medicines should I take to treat tuberculosis?

What type of medicines should I take to treat tuberculosis?

Anti-TB meds: The usual course of therapy for active TB is 2 months of isoniazid, rifampin, pryazinamide, and ethambutol, followed by 4 months of isoniazide and rifampin. However, this can vary depending on the specific characteristics of your infection. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't take your full tuberculosis pills?

What happens if you don't take your full tuberculosis pills?

Continued infection: You will not have a cure or will have a partial cure and the infections can recurr soon or down the road when you least expect it. You can infect others and spread the infections and you can create resistance by not totally erradicating the TB bug. This is not right for you and certainly not right or fair for those who come in contact with you. Be ressponsible and do the right thing! ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what does tuberculosis do to your body?

How do I know exactly what does tuberculosis do to your body?

CanAffectMany Organs: Tuberculosis can affect many different organs in body
The commonest is lung where it causes picture of infilteration like Pneumoniac&can progress to cavitation.
Miliary Tuberculosis (Also called Disseminated TB) causes wide dissemination in body. Shows a pattern seen on chest xray. It may infect many other organs like liver&spleen
TBcan also affect bones, lymph nodes and kidneu and causeDestruction ...Read more

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What is really going on inside your body when you have tuberculosis?

That depends: On what part of the body is infected. It will present differently depending on site (like spine vs lungs). See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20188557 ...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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If we take tuberculosis medicine in 6.7 creatanine... Or it will be dangerous.?

Check with your doc: Tb medication must be monitored by TB expert. No fooling around with this disease. Probably Ethambutol will need to be decreased or changed.

Check with your TB expert asap. Too many people die from tb. ...Read more

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Can we take biopsy if colonoscopy Norma to detect ileocecal tuberculosis?

Can we take biopsy if colonoscopy Norma to detect ileocecal tuberculosis?

Abdominal TB...: ...is due to infection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Although almost any site is possible, it generally affects the following abdominal organs: terminal ileum & cecum are most common due to abundance of lymphoid tissue, colon, liver, liver, spleen, peritoneum, lymph nodes. It may present as ulceration, hypertrophy, or both. Ref. Http://radiopaedia. Org/ ...Read more

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Is it advisable to take a shower after I had my tuberculosis screen test?

No effect: There is no need to alter your daily routine with this test. Once the test is placed, you can resume all your regular activities including bathing. ...Read more

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Could you please describe the life cycle of tuberculosis bacilli in the body and the ways in which they spread?

See below: The answer would not fit in the space allotted. Please visit this site for information.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/TB/ ...Read more

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One of my colleagues is suffering from tuberculosis who work besides me what precautions should I take to avoid being affected from this.

One of my colleagues is suffering from tuberculosis who work besides me what precautions should I take to avoid being affected from this.

Spread of TB: Is not easy, but can happen with co-workers. If you are concerned see your doctor for a PPD test or preventative medication.
http://www. Healthunit. Org/infectious/tb/tb_spread. Htm
<a href="http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/tuberculosis/ds00372/dsection=prevention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/tuberculosis/ds00372/dsection=prevention</a>. ...Read more

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I had tuberculosis and I had medicines and has been cured. Now I just wnt to make sure there is no bacilli left in my body. What test has to b done.

Can't be done: Tubercle bacilli may be contained for decades within calcified granulomas, though with little chance of escape. This is unlikely given a clinical cure, but whether any are still alive is a moot question. You may get TB again by reactivation or re-exposure. For now, just be grateful for your recovery, and congratulations. ...Read more

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Can we take tuberculosis medicine in 6.0 creatanine.?

Yes: Most tuberculosis medications are metabolized by the liver; that being said, make sure your doctor knows about your kidney failure so that appropriate dose adjustments are made. ...Read more

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I have a cold. Should I wait till I get better to take the ppd shot/tuberculosis shot?

I have a cold. Should I wait till I get better to take the ppd shot/tuberculosis shot?

Doesn't matter: One can get a PPD skin test regardless of whether or not she has a cold. Regarding TB testing, sometimes getting a Quantiferon TB blood test is more accurate or more desirable than a PPD skin test (one's primary care doctor can advise on that). For example, a person who has had a BCG shot and has not had a negative PPD test since the BCG shot, might want to do the blood test instead of a PPD test. ...Read more

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Should I take medication for inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

Should I take medication for inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

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 indications for treatment depend on your age, your other medical conditions, your risk of having true latent infection, and the strength of the reaction (e.g. Size of the positive skin test). This is something you should discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Should someone take medication for an inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

Should someone take medication for an inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

Yes: Prophylactic treatment, e.g., administration of isoniazid for 9 months, can prevent activation of latent TB. ...Read more

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Why take therapy after having tuberculosis? I am doing a paper on tuberculosis and I need to know why someone who has tuberculosis needs therapy.

Hello.: Hello. I am not exactly sure what you are asking. A person who has active tuberculosis could need pulmonary therapy at some point. A person with tuberculosis who is not compliant with taking medication, might do well with therapy to help them become compliant. If what you are referring to is treatment- TB is an infectious disease. It should be treated to prevent further tissue destruction and transmission to other people. ...Read more

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Which part of our body organ or cell won't be infected by tuberculosis?

Which part of our body organ or cell won't be infected by tuberculosis?

TB: It is doubtful that you can find a single organ system in which tuberculosis has not been described. This disease spreads early to all parts of the body to which there is blood supply and can recur in those areas if the immune system allows escape of the tubercle bacilli from the granulomas formed around them. ...Read more

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I work in a school system where a child was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis. I haven't had direct contact but what precautions do I take?

Ascertain contagion: First, the child may be a converter (to a + ppd), rather than actually sick with tuberculosis. Second, if it's the latter, was the chest xray remarkable? And unlikely, but was a sputum collection done? The latter two issues speak to the contageousness. Regardless, you've had no direct contact so, not to worry. ...Read more

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Taking tuberculosis medicine last one month but still I feel fewer/sweats everyday. Will medicines take time to settled my fewer? Please suggest

Check with your doc: You want to see the TB expert. Very important.

Do not fool around with tb. It may become resistant if any problems.

More than 2 million people die from TB every year.

Check with your doc. ...Read more

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Please help me with my positive tuberculosis skin test how lon does it take to heal?

Please help me with my positive tuberculosis skin test how lon does it take to heal?

TB skin test: The reaction from PPD (tb test) can last for several weeks. Did you get a chest x-ray and placed on anti-tb medicine? ...Read more

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My husband suffering from tuberculosis how much time it will take treatment, is it curable or not?

If Pulmonary only: If the airway TB cultures indicate that the bacteria is not resistant, the infection may be treated with a standard protocol. The protocol used should be discussed with your physician. Typically multiple drugs are used for several months. The American Lung Association can also provide you with valuable information. ...Read more

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Can tuberculosis neck lymphadenitis become active or continue to spread to other organs of the body during treatment?

TB stays put: Tuberculosis generally will not spread to other organ systems during treatment, as long as you are infected with a strain that is sensitive to the medications that have been prescribed. If your neck mass becomes larger, if other masses appear, or if you have persistent fevers, respiratory symptoms or weight loss, I would consult with your tuberculosis doctor. ...Read more

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I am suffering from pleura thickening due to tuberculosis and the area where the thickening is hurts when I cough or take a deep breath. Whyis thatso?

I am suffering from pleura thickening due to tuberculosis and the area where the thickening is hurts when I cough or take a deep breath. Whyis thatso?

Pleural thickening: And inflammation /pleurisy will cause pain when the pleura stretches or contracts with deep breathing, coughing. It can be relieved by taking nsaids/ ibuprofen. Take care! Http://www. M.Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-pleurisy-basics. ...Read more

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If my TB skin test ran positive but I've never had tuberculosis, does that mean I have latent tb? And do I have to take antiobiotics if I do have it?

Possible exposure.: If PPD is positive than you need a screening chest xray. If xray negative than 9 months of one med inh should be taken to prevent activation of possible dormant tb. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a cancer patient with tuberculosis have after being put on narcotics?

Hard to answer: Based on info. U gave. Pain medicine is usually prescribed for terminal cancer, but doesn't necessarily correlate well with remaining life expectancy. If the oncologist is recommending "hospice care", that usually means less than 6 months to live. Each person is different however, so this is not necessarily 100% reliable. The main thing now is to treat pain to make the patient comfortable. ...Read more

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My friend around 70, has tuberculosis and lung cancer. About to be go on narcotics. How long will he have?

Weeks - months: Not long if the reason he is being put on narcotics is because there is nothing else to do for him or treat him with. ...Read more

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What the tuberculosis bacteria show in blood culture (fever investigation) blood collect in normal body temperature.

What the tuberculosis bacteria show in blood culture (fever investigation) blood collect in normal body temperature.

Tb: Tb will usually not be detected on regular blood cultures, but if you have active pulmonary tb, then chest X-ray would be the first step ...Read more

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Hi im having Pulmonary tuberculosis smear negative. Will tuberculosis medicine such as AKuriT 4 will make me deaf? What is the long term side effects?

Is it confirmed: I am not cetain from your story as to whether you have tuberculosis or are beeing tests to see if you have it. There are a variety of meidcations available

I an not familar with AKurit 4.

Yur best chocie is to see an infectious disease expert. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis (Definition)

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