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Tb I had my skin test - redness 40 mm I will do the chest xray tomorrow! But am I contagious? What are the side effects of the treatment for TB?

Tb I had my skin test - redness 40 mm I will do the chest xray tomorrow! But am I contagious? What are the side effects of the treatment for TB?

If you are: Coughing, you are able to spread the disease. They may try to culture to see for check for variants. Standard drugs are inh/ethambutol. Duration of therapy is long. Side effects not too troubling.

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Done with 9mos tb treatment. Had xray and its normal. No tb symptoms ever since. Mine is latent tb. How come tb gold test is positive?

Done with 9mos tb treatment. Had xray and its normal. No tb symptoms ever since. Mine is latent tb. How come tb gold test is positive?

White cells remember: The TB Gold test (Quantiferon TB test) looks for the ability of a person's white blood cells to remember and to react to TB bacteria proteins in the lab. If her white blood cells remember and react to TB proteins in the lab, the test is positive. That means as long as her immune system and her white blood cells are healthy and working properly, she should always have a positive test result.

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Done with 9mos tb treatment. Had xray & its normal. No tb symptoms ever since. Mine is latent tb. How come tb gold test is positive? Am I still sick?

Done with 9mos tb treatment. Had xray & its normal. No tb symptoms ever since. Mine is latent tb. How come tb gold test is positive? Am I still sick?

TB +: Your TB test will always stay positive. It just means you have been exposed to TB- not that you do or do not have the active disease. Http://www. Questdiagnostics. Com/home/physicians/testing-services/by-test-name/quantiferon

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My platelets were elevated since I undergone latent TB treatment for 9months. Until now platelets still high, hepatitis b &c was negative, ?

My platelets were elevated since I undergone latent TB treatment for 9months. Until now platelets still high, hepatitis b &c was negative, ?

Several possible: Reasons vary. Sometimes thrombocytosis is simply an indication of an active bone marrow for other reasons. You do not say how high they are, but if you are not having clotting abnormalities this may well be quite benign. If it continues of concern, see a hematologist. You may need a bone marrow biopsy/aspirate. Good luck.

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Can I be on a latent TB treatment and go in for surgery to remove my tonsils and possibly my adenoids?

Can I be on a latent TB treatment and go in for surgery to remove my tonsils and possibly my adenoids?

Yes: Latent TB is not a clinical or obvious illness. So you are not contagious...Therefore surgery on your tonsils/adenoids should not be any problem if you are otherwise healthy and fit.

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What are your treatment options for latent tb?

What are your treatment options for latent tb?

See below: For non-HIV infected individuals, either one treatment is acceptable, i.e., Isoniazid for 9 months or rifampin for 4 months.

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

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.

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How can I know if isoniazid worked after I've finished my 6-month treatment for latent tb?

Followup with doc: Followup with your treating physician or regional health authority is your best plan. They may have a protocol to follow with scheduled repeat x-rays or other studies, the timing of which will vary.

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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.

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Can a latent TB pateint take mass gainer.? First in chest nd then glands in neck but nw treatment is over nd fit and fine

Mass gainers: These dietary supplements do not generally contain anything that would affect your immune status. As long as the material you are ingesting does not have steroids you should be fine vis a vis the potential for reactivating tuberculosis.

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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.

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My doctor said that I have a clear xray (which means I don't have tb) but to be careful I need to take a treatment! But what are the side effects?

My doctor said that I have a clear xray (which means I don't have tb) but to be careful I need to take a treatment! But what are the side effects?

Provided: If your skin test or your blood test shows exposure than treatment is useful. Side effects are very rare at your age! But, depending the drug, tylenol (acetaminophen) and alcohol may need to be avoided. One other drug may interfere with birth control pills.

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On TB 4drug therapy, vegetarian. Plz suggest diet changes to help reduce side effects and help in fighting TB. Is there anything that should be avoided?

Most importantly,: Protect your gut! Meaning the antibiotics of any kind can kill friendly flora that need to be avaiable to protect your immune system through the gut and also reduce stress levels. Two things that will help you! You can't avoid taking your anti TB antibiotics, but you can supplement, so that you can make sure to stay healthy, repair and replace good bacteria in your gut, and start feeling better!

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What is the role of pyrazynamide (pza) in TB treatment? What happens if you don't take it?

See below: It is an antibiotic. If you don't take it, your TB may not get better and you could develop a multi-drug resistant TB.

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How can I keep the liver safe while on TB treatment?

How can I keep the liver safe while on TB treatment?

Don't Drink!: The best thing is to avoid toxins, such as alcohol. Your doctor should also monitor your liver studies to make sure you're doing OK. Most people tolerate the TB medications without trouble.

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What is best method to diagnose intestinal tb treatment failures?

What is best method to diagnose intestinal tb treatment failures?

Depends: On how it was diagnosed in the first place. The pathology (abscess, positive culture or smear) should resolve or in the case of abscess - become at least smaller and possibly become calcified.

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If every showing normal then how can we diagnose intestinal tb treatment failures?

If every showing normal then how can we diagnose intestinal tb treatment failures?

Good question but: This is a good question but have all the test been done. Some of the simple tests may not show intestinal tuberculosis. You need to discuss with your physician and have you see an infectious disease specialist and a gastroenterologist

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