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My mom skin tested positive for tb. Is it safe for my 6wk old baby to be around her?
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Probably.
Your mom needs a chest xray, to make sure she doesn't have active tb.
(a positive skin test does not necessarily mean you have tb.) if the xray is negative, don't worry about your baby - but your mom needs to see her doctor, who will determine if she needs treatment, or if the test is a false positive.

In brief: Probably.
Your mom needs a chest xray, to make sure she doesn't have active tb.
(a positive skin test does not necessarily mean you have tb.) if the xray is negative, don't worry about your baby - but your mom needs to see her doctor, who will determine if she needs treatment, or if the test is a false positive.
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Positive TB test
A positive TB skin test or TB blood test only tells that a person has been infected with TB bacteria.
 it does not tell whether the person has latent TB infection (ltbi) or has progressed to TB disease. Other tests, such as a chest x-ray and a sample of sputum, are needed to see whether the person has TB disease.A new test called quantiferon-tb gold is helpful at diagnosing tb.

In brief: Positive TB test
A positive TB skin test or TB blood test only tells that a person has been infected with TB bacteria.
 it does not tell whether the person has latent TB infection (ltbi) or has progressed to TB disease. Other tests, such as a chest x-ray and a sample of sputum, are needed to see whether the person has TB disease.A new test called quantiferon-tb gold is helpful at diagnosing tb.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Gustavo Carbone
If your mother has no respiratory symptoms like cough or other symptoms from active TB then most likely your baby is safe around her. Make sure that someone sees your mom as she may need treatment even if she is not having any symptoms.
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