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If I have a positive TB skin test, does that mean I have tb?

If I have a positive TB skin test, does that mean I have tb?

Not necessarily: (+) PPD means that you have been exposed to the TB agent. It doesn't say when. So if you had the TB in the past, it still will be (+) because your body "remembers" from the previous exposure. The greatest risk is if the TB agents are latent in your body, that's why everyone with a (+) PPD will have either a complete treatment with 4 medications or a mild one with only one. Your PPD will remain (+). ...Read more

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection is also known as Tuberculosis. 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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Could a positive TB skin test mean you always have tb?

Could a positive TB skin test mean you always have tb?

POSITIVE PPD: NO. Sometimes it is due to immunization given before. Take a chest x-Ray to find any lesion in the lungs. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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If I had a positive TB skin test but a negative xray do I need medication? My doctor didn't say I did

If I had a positive TB skin test but a negative xray do I need medication? My doctor didn't say I did

Positive PPD: If you have a positive tuberculin test and a negative chest xray many doctors will oder a sputum culture. If you have a positive sputum treatment is indicated. However, many doctors will treat prophylactically with isoniazid for protection ...Read more

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Is it okay to donate blood if i had a positive TB skin test but negative chest x-ray?

Is it okay to donate blood if i had a positive TB skin test but negative chest x-ray?

Positive skin test: You can donate blood as long as you dont have active tb. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

See your doctor for the proper diagnosis
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Use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain
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Finish your entire course of any antibiotic prescribed
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If you have a TB skin test and it turns a little red and looks like a bug bite is this a positive or negative test?

Depends : On the size of the swelling or induration. This is why they need to be seen and read 48 hours after being placed. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Take a decongestant and anti inflammatory until you see MD
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Warm oil 2 drops in your ear for pain relief
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SSee MD for probable antibiotics
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What to do if I have a positive on my TB skin test?

What to do if I have a positive on my TB skin test?

Seek out information: Most will be followed first with a chest x-ray looking for active pulmonary disease. If negative, you are likely started on one TB drug, depending on your local as treatment for latent (quiet) tb. If you are found to have active tb, you are likely started on a 4 drug program that lasts for up to a year to knock it out. Get with your doc to see. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more

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