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I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

Yes because: The idea of treating latent TB is to make sure it never becomes active. If it ever becomes active, you will get really really sick. Better to take one drug for 9 months, then be deathly ill taking 4 drugs. ...Read more

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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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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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What is latent TB infection?

What is latent TB infection?

A dormant infection: Latent TB is when someone gets TB and the body is able to suppress the infection but not fully get rid of the organism. They are then "dormant". When your immune system gets compromised or weakened the infection can "wake up" and reactive and become active again. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have latent TB infection (ltbi)?

Dormant infection: Latent TB means you have been exposed to TB somehow, and its dormant (sleeping) in your body, suppressed by your immune system, but not fully removed. ...Read more

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Can I spend time with family and friends if I have latent TB infection?

Sure: Latent TB is a dormant form of infection, and affected individual does not infect contacts. It should be remembered, however, that latent TB can be reactivated when on long term steroid treatment or on any immunosuppressives. ...Read more

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If I have latent TB infection, how can I keep from developing active TB disease?

If I have latent TB infection, how can I keep from developing active TB disease?

Antibiotics: If you are 35 or less, it is recommended to take prophylactic antibiotics. If you are older than 35, the risk of taking the antibiotic is higher and outweighs the benefits of taking it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is directly observed therapy for latent TB infection (ltbi)?

DOT: When someone from the health authorities checks regularly that the person is taking the prescribed medications to ensure compliance. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for latent TB infection (ltbi)?

Visit CDC.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/treatment/ltbitreatmentoptions.htm if pt is less that 35 years may receive inh (isoniazide) 5 mg/kg or 300 mg/d for 9 months but other meds may be used ( rifampin). It is recommended to give piridoxine 50 mg ad to prevent neuropathy by it. There are other regiments & the amount of months of therapy vary. It is also recommended the tx to be supervised. ...Read more

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Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more