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Where Is Tuberculosis Most Commonly Found
I just found out a person with tuberculosis was in contact with me at work. how risky was that interaction? Should I get tested?
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
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
Yes: Tuberculosis is an infection caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis infecting the lungs. A combination of meds can treat TB if they are taken as prescribed. Tb bug is very slow growing & requires prolonged courses of multiple medications (avg 6-9 mo, 12-18 mo in complicated cases). Most patients stop taking meds once they feel better, leading to development of resistant strains & poor outcomes. ...Read more
I had come in contact with an individual, not knowing that he had tuberculosis, am i okay? I had given a ride to a man that i knew, and 2 days later found out he had/has tuberculosis. What should I do and am i okay? How do I sanitize my car? He was only
First of all, you need to find out if the man currently has active tuberculosis (latent tuberculosis is not contagious unless it become active) and if he is on treatment (most people are no longer contagious after a few weeks of antibiotics). If he does have active tuberculosis and is not on therapy (or has only just started therapy), then call your doctor.
You should see your doctor and have them place a PPD test. This is a test where they place a bubble of fluid containing tuberculosis proteins under the skin of your arm. You will be checked in 48 hours and if your immune system reacts by causing swelling and redness, then you have been exposed and will need a chest x-ray and medication. Your doctor may want to repeat the PPD test in a few weeks after the first if the first one is negative just to make sure the first one wasn't done too early. Since tuberculosis can only live for a few hours outside of the body, there's no special sanitation you need to do to your car's interior. However since it can live for a few hours outside of the body, you need to warn anyone else that was in your car after the infected man that they might be exposed.
Below i attached a link with information on tuberculosis from the national institute of health. ...Read more
Tuberculosis is an infection by a bacteria MycobacteriumTuberculi
Most of the time it affects Lungs but can infect other organs like Lymph Glands,kidneys and the spine.It can really affect other organs rarely bones,brain and Gastrointinal System
Needs to be treated with multiple antibiotics for several months
And it is very contagious ...Read more
Few years ago, who estimated, one third of world population get TB infection. Highest rate: se asia, china, india, africa and latin america. If left untreated, 5-10% develop TB disease. Crowded, poor environmental condition, poor nutritional status enhance transmission.
A slow killing disease, can affect every human organ, if untreated causes death. 3-4 meds needed for minimum 9 months for cure. ...Read more
TB: The tuberculosis bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection and TB disease. Treatment for both entails taking antibiotics for a significant period. ...Read more
Tuberculosis latency: Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) occurs when one has been infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, but does not have active tuberculosis disease. It is not contagious in this state. ...Read more
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
Its depends: Two types of tuberculosis (TB) exist. Each requires a specialist. Active TB often leads to fevers, cough, weight loss, weakness & night sweats. This type of TB is serious, highly contagious & requires several antibiotics to be taken for months. Fortunately active TB is a rare infection in the USA. Latent TB is more common, causes no symptoms, but it still requires an antibiotic for 6 to 9 months. ...Read more
Latent and active TB:
Latent Tuberculosis iwhen you have been exposed to the Toberculosis Bacteria in the past and that did not result in active disease.It is called Primary complex which heals.But it makes PPD skin test Positive
Active Tuberculosis is when the disease is active with symptoms like cough,fever,night sweats,expectoraton and weight loss,Sputum culture is positive&Rrays is positive.Is contagious&needsRx ...Read more
See doctor: Your doctor can perform either a skin test or a blood test to see if you have ever been infected with tuberculosis in the past and a chest x-ray and other tests to look for any form of active disease at present. ...Read more
Bacterial infection: TB is an infection due to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The most common location of infection is in the lungs and is manifested by cough with sputum, low grade fever and weight loss. TB can spread to other organs too if left untreated. Chest xray, serologic testing or sputum culture are means to diagnose. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Yes: Slowly, painfully, many have before effective treatments were developed. Nowadays, the risk is minimal, particularly if you are otherwise in good health. Tb is very treatable with minor exceptions. ...Read more
TB treatment: First you need a diagnosis so you need to see a doctor immediately. Mask to prevent spread. A TB culture will be obtained. Most start 4 antitb medications until its know to which medicines the infection is susceptible (takes about 1mo). Then decrease to the fewest number of medicines possible based on the culture tests & based on your disease burden & your treatmt response. Most cured in 6mo. ...Read more
See a specialist: Active tuberculosis treatment, especially complicated, is something that should be managed closely with a doctor (an infectious disease specialist, if available). There is no simple way to manage it. Management is with antibiotics and close followup to ensure everything remains safe, as treatment will be for months. ...Read more
tubercle bacilli: Scientifically called mycobacterium tuberculosis, these bacilli cause the disease called tuberculosis which is acquired from the aerosol route from someone with active lung tuberculosis. ...Read more
Tuberculosis: I cannot, not at least without some more information anyway. Anyone who at one time had and was treated for TB can be at risk for reactivation. Did you take the full recommended course of antibiotics? Signs of reactivation can include cough, fever, night sweats, fatigue and weight loss. Best to see a physician to be assessed. Tb can also be assessed at many public health clinics. Regards. ...Read more
Tb cure: Tb has to be treated with at least two antibiotics that the particular organism has been proven sensitive to. Normal 4 drugs are started until the sensitivity reports are available and then the régimen is simplified. Treatment must continue from 6-12 months depending upon reliability of the patient ...Read more
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