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Tice Bcg Medication
Can BCG Vaccine could be given to a person undergoingMicobacterium T.B & is on Medication for the same. Will it be effective.
Not needed: we don‘t give BCG vaccines in USA. if you are already being treated for TB, you don‘t need BCG ...Read more
Various: As stated the typical side effects are inflammation of the bladder which usually resolves. Some patients becoem intolerant and cannot receive the treatment. If BCG is absorbed into the bloodstream it can result in massive infection and (rarely) death. Bcg should never be given if there is obvious blood in the urine. Also the pt shouldvoid into the same toilet for 24 hours after BCG and add bleach. ...Read more
I had BCG chemo for bladder cancer & developed serious infection requiring hospitalization. What other chemo drug can be used?
It depends: Bcg sepsis is a known, yet uncommon complication of BCG treatment for bladder cancer. The next option really depends on your specific bladder cancer - your urologist will be bettre ablet o discuss this with you. The next option may be for intravesical mitomycing, intravesical valrubicin, or possibly cystectomy. ...Read more
Same TB testing: In the United States, PPD skin testing is done when needed, regardless of whether a person had a BCG shot in the past. If a person had a positive skin test in the past, then his doctor may skip doing a PPD test, and just check a chest x-ray and a blood test. Many people with past BCG shots do not have positive ppd's when tested years later by their doctors. ...Read more
Any age: This is infamous -- people who have had bcg vaccine and immigrated to another country may be forced to take TB treatment despite having no symptoms or signs. It's stupid, but that's one common feature of government. If this has happened to you, i'm sorry. ...Read more
BCG: This is an attenuated tuberculosis vaccine that gives so-so protection but does not render you proof against tb. It can itself make you have a positive ppd. Governments may require you to be treated for TB on the basis of this alone which is regrettable. Or you have have met the tubercle bacillus and beaten it, or have tb, either of which is likely to make your PPD positive. ...Read more
My baby just had BCG shot last week.but it did not swell or scarred.what does it mean?does she need another shot?i am really worried though..
The BCG shot is a vaccine (shot that protects a person) against tuberculosis, and the area of the shot is not supposed to swell or turn red. In fact, nothing at all should happen after the shot which is normal.
You may be thinking of a PPD (skin test for tuberculosis) which turns red if the person being tested has been exposed to tuberculosis in the past. ...Read more
Can't test for TB: Once a person has the BCG vaccine they can't be skin tested for TB because the test will usually appear positive. Since TB is not common in the us, it's more useful to be able to do skin testing on people who might have it than vaccinate everyone and not be able to do testing. ...Read more
Bcg vaccine is still being given to new born babies in several countries .It is effective in protecting againt TB meningitis in children but its effectiveness against pulmonary tuberculosis is variable
usa and holland have never used it routinely, due to surveilance with monyoux test
disadvantages except making difficult to interpret motoux test in us, and not very effective for pulmonary tuberculo. ...Read more
BCG: Why is somebody in usa taking bcg? Only recommended for areas with high rates of TB exposure. As long as your son is not immunosuppressed, and has no residual symptoms the two doses should not be a problem. Infection with this bacillus is inordinately rare. If he develops any symptoms take him back to doctor asap, but suspect you have nothing to worry about. ...Read more
TB prevention: Many countries vaccinate kids for the prevention of tb...Quite effective too. ...Read more
Doubtful: In the us, we tend to ignore the bcg status when interpreting the PPD skin test. There are many reasons for this, and one is that the effect (on the skin test) of the bcg tends to be small, and the degree of reaction we look for on the PPD is usually large (depending on your other risk factors for exposure and for active TB if you are exposed). ...Read more
BCG: Treatment is usually given once a week for 6 weeks. After this, you may be treated again every month for 6 to 12 months or every 3 to 6 months over the next 2 years. ...Read more
DID YOU ASK...: The urologist that treated you would be the best physician to answer this! ...Read more
My son is 4 months. His BCG site popped a month ago and now there is a rash around the BCG site. Should I be worried??
Not to worry: This is a normal local reaction to BCG. It will heal on its own without any additional care. ...Read more
I had check scopy after 6 times BCG n there were no traces of malignancy. I had ta type blader cancer. How much more time will it take?
For what?: How much time will it take for what? Please rephrase your question. ...Read more
Why is my BCG shot red all of a sudden? I got my BCG shot when i was a baby in ukraine, i'm 19 now... And i don't know but it's red for some reason.
A bit: The BCG vaccine, a vaccine to prevent tuberculosis, stings a bit when given and often aches for a couple of days after administration. It is not given very much in the United States because of low risk for TB & potential interference with TB testing. Many foreign born people have had it. It's given only in USA to people very high risk, and should be done only in consultation with a TB specialist. ...Read more
TB is rare here: The use of bcg in areas where TB in relatively common does slow the spread of the problem.However, TB has been rare in the us for many decades & the need for such a vaccine has not shown a true benefit. ...Read more
Does happen.: Unfortunately, the process of bladder installations with BCG can be very irritating to the lining of the bladder and urinary tract. Frequency, urgency, burning with urination, and urge incontinence can occur. These can be normal side effects of the treatment, however, if the side effects are severe or intolerable, work with your urologist; dose or frequency adjustments can be made. ...Read more
BCG: Within 3 yrs after receiving BCG most individuals do not have false positive skin tests for tb. If one has a positive PPD skin test, the overwhelming probability is that they have inactive tuberculosis. ...Read more