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positive tuberculosis skin test

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  • Posted By: Spider
  • October 20, 2007
  • 01:56 AM

Hi,

I had a tb skin test that caused a big reaction. 32mm when the normal measurement is 5mm. What I understood is that I have a TB infection that is latent but can develop into the disease if my immune system gets weak.

I also had a chest XRay and it was normal.

Do I have to treat my latent tb? I do lots os sports, especially triathlons and ultrarunning and am worried it affects my training as, somedays I just feel exhausted and have to stay in bed for the day.

Could this tiredness be the cause of latent tb?
Should I worry?
Even with the latent infection, am I still healthy enough to compete in extreme sports?

My father was a medical doctor and lung especialist. Most of his patients had tb but they used to come to our house and, many times ate with us. My father never kept us children away from his tb patients so I may have become infected while a very young child.

thank you for any help/advice

I have just started training for an Ironman and would like to know if I can still do my normal training or if the latent tb interferes with my energy levels.

best wishes
Anna

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  • I have had the same thing happen to me. I had a positive arm test and normal chest xray. I am now taking a TB medicine and another pill for it. You have to take it for 9 months after that it can't develop into the real TB. I have had to stop taking it though due to the restless nights and exhausting days I just want to stay in bed. You might need to contact a specialist like i did to get this medicine.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2007
    • 05:07 PM
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  • Your best advice would be from your dad, silly girl. Yes, he could have exposed you as a child and you could have had this for years. TB is highly contagious. I can't answer your other questions, but I'm sure your dad could.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 08:35 AM
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  • Dear Ann, You should better see your physician for complete physical. He will be looking for any tale tell signs of TB like enlarged nodes or increaseed size of liver or spleen How old are you? When your father died? Sunil. in liver or spleen sizeHi, I had a tb skin test that caused a big reaction. 32mm when the normal measurement is 5mm. What I understood is that I have a TB infection that is latent but can develop into the disease if my immune system gets weak. I also had a chest XRay and it was normal. Do I have to treat my latent tb? I do lots os sports, especially triathlons and ultrarunning and am worried it affects my training as, somedays I just feel exhausted and have to stay in bed for the day. Could this tiredness be the cause of latent tb?Should I worry?Even with the latent infection, am I still healthy enough to compete in extreme sports? My father was a medical doctor and lung especialist. Most of his patients had tb but they used to come to our house and, many times ate with us. My father never kept us children away from his tb patients so I may have become infected while a very young child. thank you for any help/advice I have just started training for an Ironman and would like to know if I can still do my normal training or if the latent tb interferes with my energy levels. best wishesAnna
    drsunildeodhar 1 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 00:40 PM
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