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What can you tell me about the medical points of tuberculosis?

Please tell me what you know about tuberculosis doctors and TB victims alike it would be greatly appreciated.

Tuberculosis is a chronic, progressive infection with a period of latency following initial infection. It occurs most commonly in the lungs. Pulmonary symptoms include productive cough, chest pain, and dyspnea. Diagnosis is by sputum culture and smear. Treatment is with multiple antimicrobial agents.
Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is defined as TB that is resistant at least to isoniazid (INH) and rifampicin (RMP). Isolates that are multiply-resistant to any other combination of anti-TB drugs but not to INH and RMP are not classed as MDR-TB.
Please see the web pages for more details on Tuberculosis.  (+ info)

What will you do to avoid infection when the H5N1 avian flu virus causes a pandemic?

There have been some cases of the H5N1 avian flu virus being passed from person to person in Indonesia and Turkey. Scientists say it is a matter of when - not if - it becomes a pandemic. No one would have any immunity to the virus. What will you do to avoid infection?

Avoid other people at all costs. Keep us all at home.  (+ info)

How can medicine cause tuberculosis? A lot of the commercials for various medications warn that it can cause?

tuberculosis. But if you look it up on the Internet, it says that tuberculosis is cause by mycobacteria.

These medications can cause people's immune systems to weaken while they are taking them. If a patient already has the mycobacteria that causes tuberculosis (due to prior tuberculosis exposure), it could take advantage the opportunity to create widespread infection while the immune system defenses are weakened. Tuberculosis is an "opportunistic" pathogen that lives within certain types of white blood cells. They can live with us our whole life. In fact, tuberculosis is one of the most successful pathogens out there. Approximately 2 billion people are infected, and it kills 2 million people a year. Crazy.  (+ info)

What will you do to be prepared for the avian flu in the USA?

I research the avian flu regularly. It has mutated recently and did pass from a 13 year old to his father. However, the mutation died when the father died. Wild birds and domesticated birds have been found with it across Asia, Africa and some of Europe. Seems to me to be on the way here.

My department just recieved special funding from the Department of Homeland Security for more hazmat/biochemical suits and equipment. we are also being trained to handle a major epidemic when(not if) it hits. Still seems like it's a couple months away. We also had a mass casualty training exercise in our community to plan a response to the bird flu.  (+ info)

How does the blood fill the lungs when you have tuberculosis (also known as consumption)?

In the show, The Tudors, Margarette had tuberculosis(consumption) where she continuosly coughed up blood until it killed her. I am wondering how the blood filled the lungs in the first place. Was there a hole made, or what? If you know where an article is about it, please add it!

The blood does not fill the lungs, otherwise the person would drown in their own blood from this hemorrhage. In TB, granuloma tissue forms in the lungs. Granuloma tissue is delicate and full of small blood vessels. When a person coughs, they may occasionally rupture the blood vessels, bleed a little, and cough up blood. There is not normally a lot of blood in the cough of a TB patient. Hemorrhage is not a common sign of TB. The movie may have shown more blood than occurs in reality, to make it seem more shocking. Patients with TB do not die of blood loss, but because they cannot breathe.  (+ info)

What is the current trend in sputum AFB,is it x2 or x3,in the diagnosis of tuberculosis?

In confirming the diagnosis of tuberculosis,doctors used to ask for sputum AFB x3,but nowadays some are asking for x2,what is the reason why this is done?

Hey there!!

For Sputum AFB, we in India ask for three samples!! First sample is taken when they come to laboratory and then for the next sample they are given sterile container and asked to collect early morning sample of the next day. Finally, when they turn up tomorrow to submit their early morning sample, again one more sample is collected!!

The reason why we collect three samples is to reduce the risk of false negatives and increase the detection!! However, some doctors prefer only two samples but the correct procedure is three and this is the recommended no by WHO for countries like India  (+ info)

what are best medicines and treatment for pneumonia in left lung and right is having Tuberculosis ?

My uncle is having pneumonia in left lung and right is having Tuberculosis. Left lung covered by 90% by pneumonia, and Tuberculosis attacked second time so Please help me to make him in better condition. He cant walk for 5 feet. Please I am begging you all Help me.

TB needs to be treated with several antibiotics including rifampin, INH (isoniazid), pyrazinamide and ethambutol known as the "RIPE" cocktail. It is a long course.
Pneumonia is treated depending on what bacteria is causing the pneumonia. Cultures can be done to test for the bacteria and then tests can be done to see which antibiotic will be effective against the bacteria.
With such severe lung disease he would need to be in a hospital where an infectious disease expert can prescribe the proper antibiotics.  (+ info)

what type of medicines should i take to fight the tuberculosis?

ok. i think i have an active tuberculosis. i'm not sure but i did a research on the web and found out the symptoms and it matches what i have. i have this cough for more than a month and the mucus is thick and cloudy and more other things. i know i should go to the doctor and see what's going and get medicines there but if there is a medicine out there on drug stores that can fight the tuberculosis, please let me know as soon as possible. what do you guys recommend me ?

With a cough more than two weeks, it is more likely that you have pertussis, or whooping cough. There are many other possibilities though, so you should go to the doctor and get checked out. Over-the-counter medicines will not clear up a bacterial infection.  (+ info)

What does avian chlamydia look like ( what is the shape and structure)?

What does avian chlamydia look like ( what is the shape and structure)
Many thanks
this is for research.

if you go to this website you will find a lot of information about it
http://www.pricelessparrots.com/avian-chlamydia.htm  (+ info)

Can pneumonia be mistaken for tuberculosis or lung cancer?

My grandfather is currently in the hospital with pneumonia. He has a mass on his lung and they said they are going to be testing for tuberculosis that he may have gotton when he served in the Korean war nearly 60 years ago. They are also going to test for lung cancer. He's lost 15lbs in a week, he gets the chills and he has a cough..I'm not sure what else hes feeling. Anybody know any knowledgable information on these 3 diseases?

Believe that they are running all these test to be sure of the diagnosis. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish. My mother used to get diagnosed with pneumonia a lot, when in reality what they were seeing on the xray was scaring from COPD (Chronic Pulmonary Disease). Fifteen pounds is a tremendous amount of weight to lose in a week however, but that could be explained from being ill and not being able to eat much. I know it is hard to wait for test results, but try not to panic. They will find out the answer and treat your grandfather for whatever is the problem. I am sure he is already on intravenous antibiotics. Take care and try not to stress.  (+ info)

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