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Non Contagious 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?
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
Why would a doctor give injections to make non contagious TB contagious? This is happening to my grandma, who is in her mid-80's.
Misunderstanding?: This is not clear to me. There might have been a misunderstanding of the treatment and goal. It is best to discuss it with your grandma's doctor and ask your questions and ask for clear answers. It is best that all people involved have a clear understanding of the treatment. ...Read more
After 2 weeks of pulmonary active tb desease treatment, the doctor said I can go back to my work. That means I am 100% NOT contagious to other people?
No: Latent TB is exactly what it sounds like, latent. The body has sequestered the TB away in granulomas, and treatment is to eradicate the TB so that it doesn't pop out at a later point to cause disease. There should be no active disease with TB (or else it wouldn't be latent). ...Read more
Depends: Tb is spread through the air from person to person when a person with TB in the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or talks and another person breaths in the bacteria. People with urinary TB can also have TB outside of the urinary tract (i.e. The lungs or throat), which impacts their ability to infect others. Tb that is only in the urinary tract is rarely contagious. ...Read more
Complicated question: Tb is mycobacterium tuberculosis. There are more than sever related mycobacterium species though. It is contagious. Very in fact if you have active pulmonary disease. Other forms are less infective or pose no threat transmit at all like bone infection (pott's puffy tumor). Can breathing clean air help. Well. It won't hurt. That's what the TB sanitariums of the 16-20th centuries were doing. ...Read more
My husband is diagnosed with lymph node tb 2 weeks ago. Then I have noticed lately my son and I is coughing. Was it contagious?
I would suggest that he have a screening exam and test for TB. TB is highly contagious.
Has he had a chest radiograph as yet? If not, it is indicated given his exposure and symptoms.
Monitor his temperature and check for any lymph node swelling in the meantime. ...Read more
Is ocular TB contagious? Please suggest some good id specialists in new jersey area with experience in treating this condition
Probably Not.: I don't think so but other forms of TB are contagious so I would use careful contact precautions and hand washing until it is properly treated. UMDNJ in Newark (now part of Rutgers) is a registered TB center so I would probably contact their ID department because they probably have experience with this rare condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fibronodular shadows seen in left apex. PPD is positive. Sputum smear = 0. No tb symptoms. Am I contagious or do I have a latent tb?
--T.B. Or Not T.B.--: Yes, it could be latent or something else plus the positive skin test, assuming you didn't get that TB vaccine (probably not, you'd most likely know that and it's not used for TB prevention in this country).And if it were TB, as long as you didn't have pulmonary symptoms (coughing a lot)then you wouldn't be a big danger to others. They'll probably treat you just to make sure there's no live TB around ...Read more
If I have a positive PPD test but show no symptoms or anything of TB am I contagious to others? Or is only active TB disease contagious
Only active TB: A Positive PPD just means that you have been exposed to Tuberculosis. This is not always indicative of active disease. We considered active disease when the TB infection is in your lungs which causes severe cough, coughing up blood, night sweats, etc. Your doctor should order a chest xray to go along with your +PPD reading. This will insure that you are free from active disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
But you clearly want to see a TB expert. Your question is unclear. With contagious TB there would be the health department on the case to avoid infection to other people.
Something does not fit here. Check with your doc asap. ...Read more
Is TB lymphadenitis contagious? Will it spread to fetus or will baby get TB in future? Is there a possibility of relapse after six months of treatment
Tuberculosis in preg: When pregnant with active tuberculosis, you should be treated for at least 9 months total, regardless of your treatment start date, & through pregnancy. Your baby is at risk for serious problems if you do not get treated, and could even die. It is very important to take your medication exactly as prescribed, and if it does not work, to switch to a second line medication. Take Vitamin B6 daily. ...Read more