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Tuberculosis Testing Safe While Breastfeeding
Repeat TB test:
It is not a good idea to repeat a TB skin test if a previous test is positive as you can have a much larger reaction that may cause a problem.
If you are required by work to have a screen for tB again, an X-ray is usually recommended. ...Read more
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
Pcr can detect TB sooner than culture. Generally both are used. For additional information, consult the website given below.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5801a3.htm? S_cid=mm5801a3_e. ...Read more
Generally not: If you are speaking of the skin test the answer is no, as it usually remains positive for years and years even after successful treatment. There is a blood test for latent (silent) TB that can be repeated following initial, successful treatment. ...Read more
Two forms: There are 2 TB tests - PPD shot (given in forearm & swelling at that site is measured after 48-72 hours) and a newer blood test (quantiferon) that tests for immune response in blood cells. Both tests assess the response of t lymphocytes to several proteins that are present in the TB bug. Positive test would only mean that you have been exposed to TB bug. More tests are needed for active infection. ...Read more
Chest Xray And-----: If PPD (Mantoux) test is positive. We will order Chest Xray if it is positive. Next step is to get a specimen of sputum for culture&sensitivity and start the patient on Antibiotics. If chest xray is negative. And there are no signs and symptoms suggesting TB in other organs like Lymph Nodes, Bones or Kidneys etc. We recommend patient take INH as a preventive treatment for6months to kill dormant bacteria ...Read more
To protect children: To ensure that young children do not get exposed to anyone with tb, child care providers (e.g. Those working in daycares or hospitals) are required to get a TB test to ensure that they themselves are not infected with TB & are not at risk for passing on the infection to the children around them. It also helps ensure your health and safety. ...Read more
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
What are the side effects of bing given an expired tuberculosis test? The site of the injection has become red, aches and is getting a bit larger.
Should be none: Show it to the person who applied the skin test or to your doctor. A positive TB test can occur even if the test is outdated (dating of drugs and things like skin tests no more scientific than dating for foods). A positive test is NOT redness but firm swelling to the touch. If it is firm, raised and tender it may well be positive. See your doctor or health provider asap. ...Read more
Local Health Dept: You can go to the local health department in your city/town or your doctor's office & get the PPD (tuberculosis) test done. You have to go back to their office 48-72 hours later to have it interpreted. Please make sure that you do not get it done on a thursday or friday so that there is no delay in reading the test results. ...Read more
Is it possible that it is dangerous in any way to drink alcohol just hours after a tuberculosis test?
If it's enough alcohol to really disturb your functioning question the wisdom of your drinking. If it's one drink, why not?
Check and see what you're doing with alcohol. It may be unimportant to you health, but if there are doubts you may want to check into it, TB test aside. ...Read more
Only if immunized: If immunization was in effect on that island (cuba immunizes against tb), then the skin test will be positive. You need to know that information in order to interpret the skin test results of anyone from any of the islands. I don't know if immunization is in effect on all the carribean islands. ...Read more
It could be: Latent TB. The doctor will need to examine you & get a history. A chest xray may be ordered. ...Read more
Allergy testing: You can have a skin test done at a board certified allergist office for best results, it will not get into the breast milk or affect the baby. The allergist will then discuss safe options while you are breast feeding. ...Read more
Some are, some not: You'll have to consult the prescriber for information on medication safety, I can't list them all here in a short answer. Definitely check on both OTC and prescription med safety before taking medications while nursing. ...Read more
Glycolic acid: Generally speaking, glycolic acid is considered safe. Avoid using products used for chemical peels as the levels of glycolic acid are much higher and are designed to penetrate much deeper. ...Read more
FDA web stated::
"Limited information indicates that maternal pantoprazole doses of 40 mg daily produce low levels in milk and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants".
It means: shouldn't hurt. ...Read more
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
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