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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. Thats what the TB sanitariums of the 16-20th centuries were doing. ...Read more
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