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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
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Is there a possibility of undergoing tuberculosis vaccine before I do study abroad?

Dr. Larry Lutwick
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
9M people helped
Is there a possibility of undergoing tuberculosis vaccine before I do study abroad?

No: The BCG vaccine is not available in the usa and probably does not do much in adults. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Board Certified, Family Medicine
26 years in practice
18M people helped
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Where is the most likely place for me to catch tuberculosis?

Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Board Certified, Family Medicine
26 years in practice
18M people helped
Where is the most likely place for me to catch tuberculosis?

High density environ: Tb is commonly contracted in high density living situations. Homes where 3-5 families living in one house is an example of this situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
20 years in practice
4M people helped
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I just found out a person with tuberculosis was in contact with me at work.  how risky was that interaction? Should I get tested?

Dr. Carlo Hatem
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
20 years in practice
4M people helped

Yes: If your colleague has active pulmonary tuberculosis, the health department will do the testing. If he/she has latent tb, you are not at risk and need not be tested. The risk of catching TB depends on factors related to how close a contact you had, for how long, and how advanced the case was when exposed. It is transmitted by airborne droplets. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Davidson
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
13 years in practice
236K people helped
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How is tuberculosis usually treated?

Dr. Joshua Davidson
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
13 years in practice
236K people helped
How is tuberculosis usually treated?

Antibiotics: While it depends on the type and site of the tuberculosis (TB) infection, TB is generally treated with a combination of 3 or 4 antibiotics. The antibiotics are used for 6-9 months, and sometimes longer depending on the nature of the infection. Tb is a notoriously slow dividing bacteria, and this slow growth is the reason it takes so long for a TB infection to be treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
19 years in practice
161K people helped
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Can you die from tuberculosis?

Dr. Arnon Rubin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
19 years in practice
161K people helped
Can you die from tuberculosis?

Yes: If untreated, tuberculosis can progress and kill. There are good treatments for TB , and in most cases is ...Read more

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Amanda Xi
Board Certified, General Practice
1 years in practice
59K people helped
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What are the symptoms for tuberculosis?

Amanda Xi
Board Certified, General Practice
1 years in practice
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What are the symptoms for tuberculosis?

Varies: Symptoms include cough [with mucus, blood], excessive night sweating, fatigue, fever, and unintentional weight loss. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to tb, see your physician for testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
20 years in practice
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I live in a rural part of the country. Am I more susceptible to tuberculosis?

Dr. Carlo Hatem
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
20 years in practice
4M people helped
I live in a rural part of the country.  Am I more susceptible to tuberculosis?

No: To the contrary, you are probably less likely to get it since there isn't as much crowding as in urban areas. ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
19M people helped
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What happens if you don't take your full tuberculosis pills ?

Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
19M people helped
What happens if you don't take your full tuberculosis pills ?

Continued infection: You will not have a cure or will have a partial cure and the infections can recurr soon or down the road when you least expect it. You can infect others and spread the infections and you can create resistance by not totally erradicating the TB bug. This is not right for you and certainly not right or fair for those who come in contact with you. Be ressponsible and do the right thing! ...Read more

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Dr. Ibrahim ElGendy
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
8 years in practice
257K people helped
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Please tell me what a tuberculosis diagnosed person should do?

Dr. Ibrahim ElGendy
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
8 years in practice
257K people helped
Please tell me what a tuberculosis diagnosed person should do?

Treatment: Treatment of TB uses antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Effective TB treatment is difficult, due to the unusual structure and chemical composition of the mycobacterial cell wall, which hinders the entry of drugs and makes many antibiotics ineffective.The two antibiotics most commonly used are isoniazid and rifampicin, and treatments can be prolonged, taking several months. ...Read more

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Dr. Swati Avashia
Board Certified, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
18 years in practice
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How does someone know if they have tuberculosis?

Dr. Swati Avashia
Board Certified, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
18 years in practice
529K people helped
How does someone know if they have tuberculosis?

See your doctor: Symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis include fever, night sweats, cough, and weight loss. Your doctor can place a skin test, get a chest x-ray, and get sputum cultures if s/he suspects tuberculosis. ...Read more

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