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I Feel Fine Do I Really Need To Take Medicine For Latent Tb Infection
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do doctors differentiate between a positive TB skin test due to BCG vaccine vs latent TB infection?
Blood test: There is a blood test which can help tell the difference. ...Read more
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
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
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