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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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My TB (tuberculosis) test is positive, but I don't feel any symptoms. Why?

My TB (tuberculosis) test is positive, but I don't feel any symptoms.  Why?

Chest X ray: It is possible to have active TB with very little symptoms especially early on. However, it is more than likely that you carry the germ for TB in a dormant form, this is called latent tb. No symptoms are expected with latent tb. ...Read more

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Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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Please tell me what a normal result after a TB test (tuberculosis) looks like?

Please tell me what a normal result after a TB test (tuberculosis) looks like?

TB: Tuberculin Tine Test- is smooth to moderately deep palpation. What is important is what it feels like - not what it looks like. ...Read more

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Why must I take tuberculosis (tb) medicine even if my results were negative?

Why must I take tuberculosis (tb) medicine even if my results were negative?

Mgt: A virtual appointment may be booked online to review the test results including any radiographs. Were any household members under treatment for TB ? ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What are the signs and symptoms of tuberculosis tb?

Pulmonary TB: Which is the most common form causes cough, sputum production sometimes with blood, night sweats and weight loss. It is diagnosed by chest x-ray and sputum exam and culture. Extra pulmonary TB such as in the kidney, bone or nervous system will cause symptoms related to the organ involved but renal TB may be remarkably silent until late in the disease. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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Where can you get a bcg, or bacille calmette-guerin, vaccine for tuberculosis (tb)?

Where can you get a bcg, or bacille calmette-guerin, vaccine for tuberculosis (tb)?

Not in USA: BCG Vaccine is not used and is not available in USA as it is not very effective vaccine. It is still used in other countries ...Read more

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Tuberculosis vaccinated, TB test positive...Will my ANA be positive because of TB test positive due to vaccine?

Tuberculosis vaccinated, TB test positive...Will my ANA be positive because of TB test positive due to vaccine?

No: There is no cross reaction between them. By the way, up to 5% of normal individuals may test positive to ANA test, usually at low titer. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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If tuberculosis shows negatibe in everh test..But all thr symptoms supportd it...Doed TB medicine is advisable?

If tuberculosis shows negatibe in everh test..But all thr symptoms supportd it...Doed TB medicine is advisable?

Symptoms ?: In the US TB is treated with multiple meds at one time due to germ resistance and for months to years. I could never recommend such a treatment based only of suspicion & no verified testing. There are many alternative conditions that produce the vague symptoms often seen with TB & these must all be considered. ...Read more

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My son had tuberculosis when he was 9years old. His coughing however sounds really bad. Is it possible for TB to have a relapse?

My son had tuberculosis when he was 9years old. His coughing however sounds really bad. Is it possible for TB to have a relapse?

Tuberculosis: Although the first thought may be a reinfection, it may not be probable. Your son is probably as healthy or healthier than his peers (malnutrition is often associated with tb). He needs a consultation with his primary care physician or pulmonologist. If necessary, a chest x-ray maybe indicated. My feeling is that he probably just have a bad cold (or whooping cough). ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What are the causes of tuberculosis? How contagious is TB and can breathing clean air help?

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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Can treated TB lymphadenitis pass to fetus or can baby be born with tuberculosis?

Can treated TB lymphadenitis pass to fetus or can baby be born with tuberculosis?

No, baby is OK: TB lymphadenitis - if there's any good news here - is confined to the lymph system. In order to have the baby infected by TB you would have to have miliary TB which is not what you described. Certainly you need close follow up care with your doctors to help you and your baby through this critical time. The good news is you're on meds, which means the bacteria are being destroyed. Take care. ...Read more

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Regarding tuberculosis my daughter recently moved into a college dorm and her roommate has TB but is medicated. Is she at harm?

Spread by air : From InteliHealth (AETNA) online: "Study Focuses on Air Flow in Spread of TB Improving indoor air flow might help reduce the risk of spreading tuberculosis (TB), a new study suggests. The study was done in Cape Town, South Africa. TB is common and increasing in that area. Researchers measured carbon dioxide in the air of Cape Town high schools. ..... ...Read more

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My 16 y/o friend has pulminary tuberculosis. His doctor said that the disease doesn't activate until he gets older. Can he transmit TB to me?

TB: Hi, it seems your friend has something that we call Latent TB, it means he has been exposed to Tuberculosis but his body for now has it under control, he doesn't have active infection so there is no risk of transmission, but there is 5-10% chance that he develops active TB, therefore the treatment with a medication called INH for 9 months is available to prevent activation, ...Read more

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I used a hair dye that apparently has PPD in it...and I keep seeing online things about PPD and Tuberculosis? Does this mean I'm going to get TB?

I used a hair dye that apparently has PPD in it...and I keep seeing online things about PPD and Tuberculosis? Does this mean I'm going to get TB?

PPD vs. PPD: PPD in hair dye is Paraphenylenediamine, a chemical which may cause scalp allergy. PPD test for Tb is "purified protein derivative", the stuff in the shot they put under your skin to see if it makes a lump if you've been exposed to Tb. It is a safe and effective test. ...Read more

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If my TB skin test ran positive but i've never had tuberculosis, does that mean I have latent tb? And do I have to take antiobiotics if I do have it?

Possible exposure.: If PPD is positive than you need a screening chest xray. If xray negative than 9 months of one med inh should be taken to prevent activation of possible dormant tb. ...Read more

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Can Tuberculosis lymphadenitis cause infertility Can treated TB pass to fetus can baby get TB from me even after treatment?

Can Tuberculosis lymphadenitis cause infertility Can treated TB pass to fetus can baby get TB from me even after treatment?

TB and infertility: Yes, tuberculosis can result in infertility. Log on and read NN Chowdhury - Journal of the Indian Medical Association, 1996 - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. This is a complicated subject and cannot be thoroughly discussed in this space. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does rifampicin & isoniazid TB drugs cause infertility ? & can tuberculosis cervical lymphadenitis cause infertility?

Does rifampicin & isoniazid TB drugs cause infertility ? & can tuberculosis cervical lymphadenitis cause infertility?

TB and infertility: TB can cause infertility, but usually it does not show any kind of symptoms until the infection has advanced to a severe level and can affect the infertility in women as well as in men. In the woman it causes tuberculosis in uterus and fallopian tubes where as in the man it cause tuberculosis of epididymo- orchitis, as a result of which no sperm can get into the semen. ...Read more

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Affected by tuberculosis before and had medicines fot tht and cured. Will that cause birth defects in baby conceiving aftr 10 years?Dont have TB now

Affected by tuberculosis before and had medicines fot tht and cured. Will that cause birth defects in baby conceiving aftr 10 years?Dont have TB now

Tuberculosis: Very unlikely to affect your baby. The one thing you should be aware of is that tuberculosis may be treated effectively to remove symptoms of active disease, but that you may still have foci of inactive tubercle bacilli left in your body that have the potential, although unlikely, to reactivate later in life. Good luck and have a great baby. ...Read more

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When comparing tuberculosis, pertussis, and pneumonia, why don't we have a good vaccine for tb?

When comparing tuberculosis, pertussis, and pneumonia, why don't we have a good vaccine for tb?

Variable immunity: The typical immune response is variable to disease in the TB family. As a result one vaccine is not llikely to produce long term protection. In general it is harder to create vaccines that provide long term immunity for bacteria, we have had more success with virus based disease in terms of successful long term vaccines. That's why as adults we need additional boosters for pertussis. ...Read more

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Can all europeans test positive for tuberculosis on the TB skin test because europeans get a vaccine for it?

Can all europeans test positive for tuberculosis on the TB skin test because europeans get a vaccine for it?

No: If you get bcg (tb vaccine) you can get false positive PPD for up to 4 years. A blood test quantiferon will differentiate false positives from true positives. ...Read more

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Can TB lymphadenitis pass to fetus even after the mother is treated? Is there a risk for baby being born with tuberculosis?

Can TB lymphadenitis pass to fetus even after the mother is treated? Is there a risk for baby being born with tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis: Yes , perinatal tuberculosis is rare but can occur. In suspected congenital tv , placenta needs to be examined, histologicaylly, culture done for Tb.Tb skin test maybe negative for first 6 months. Baby will need anti tuberculosis medicine . ...Read more

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After treatment of lymp node tuberculosis can I plan for pregnancy? During pregnancy TB can relapse? Can the fetus be infected with TB ?

Relapse lTBunlikely: After complete treatment you can plan for pregnancy,and relapse of TB is unlikely . The fetus does not get tuberculosis,you can have normal healthy baby. ...Read more

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Hello doctor please help me.I am having anti tuberculosis treatment for two months. I have gland tb.I for fever in the evening. Why doctor. Plz help?

Hello doctor please help me.I am having anti tuberculosis treatment for two months. I have gland tb.I for fever in the evening. Why doctor. Plz help?

TB: Tuberculosis is a hard disease to treat. Treatment takes months to become effective. Recently there has been medication resistance has been on the rise. Fever is one of the symptoms of tuberculosis. If it is present, there is a chance the treatment you're getting is not effective. You may need to consult your treating doc to discuss it with him. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs, but can ...Read more