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Alcohol addiction and TB - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   Hello Doc !
User :   I need serious advice
User :   I got TB in November 2006, and nearly died from it.
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details of the patient-Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
User :   I used to drink alot before, then I had to quit for a year because I was on anti-TB meds.
Doctor :   ok
User :   34, female, xxxxxx ,xxxxxx single, 120 lbs, 5"5'
Doctor :   ok
User :   I stopped the TB meds in november of 2007, and I now find myself drinking again. Does drinking have anything to do with getting TB (Tuberculosis) ? I'm deafly afraid to get it again..... I spent 3 weeks in ICU a year ago...
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it can affect ur general health
Doctor :   since u had TB attack
Doctor :   ur revoery
Doctor :   recovering this infection
User :   Can TB come back because of drinking?
Doctor :   it can relapse
Doctor :   dont directly related to drinking
User :   crap... ok.
Doctor :   but drinking can worsen the general health
User :   I know it's not directly related
User :   I've taken anti-TB meds for 12 months and 18 days
User :   Do you think the bacteria is still in me ?
Doctor :   did u complete the course of medicine
Doctor :   as precribed by the physician
User :   yes, absolutely, 12 months on medication, and I saw my Lung dictor on a monthly basis - doing blood tests, BK tests.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   avoid drinking alcohol or taking acetaminophen while you're taking the tuberculosis medicine
User :   In your opinion, what are the odds that TB might come back? Is it still in me ?
Doctor :   alcohol abuse is risk factor for TB
Doctor :   if ur light drinker
Doctor :   thats fine
User :   Thanks Doc ! I'm no longer taking the meds... !
Doctor :   but if u consume heavily
Doctor :   then ur at risk
User :   Really ? But TB is a bacteria - how does that interact with drinking ?
Doctor :   alcohol per se doesnt cause TB
Doctor :   r u able to follow
Doctor :   alcohol will affect ur body
Doctor :   which inturn makes the body prone for infections
Doctor :   including TB
Doctor :   ok
User :   I get that Doc, ty ! But how is TB transmitted? Is it airborn? I was told it was through saliva? I had it also when I was 7 years old, from my grandpa when he came back from the war
Doctor :   anything else u want to know about
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   saliva,droplet infection
Doctor :   also aerosol
User :   I see... I just want to know if I'm still at risk Doc? !! I'm scared to death every day.... it's not a pleasant thing to spit gallons of blood... so I'm scared every day
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   get a check xray and sputum test done
Doctor :   with ur physician
User :   I'm having one done in September :)
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   anything els eu would like to know about
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Doctor :   Dr.xxxxxx
User :   Ty Dr. xxxxxx !
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Doctor :   good nite
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User :   I appreciate your advice !
User :   Good night to you !
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   hi
User :   hello !
User :   Dr. xxxxxx was very helpfull
Doctor :   Yes
User :   I still don't know if my drinking beer can cause me to have TB again???
Doctor :   TB recurrs again if any thing decreases your immunity
Doctor :   like in HIV, fasting for long time,
User :   But I have taken anti-TB meds for a year - hasen't the bacteria been killed??
Doctor :   it should been killed
Doctor :   but theare is a chance of recurrence
Doctor :   too
User :   But ?
Doctor :   if you dont maintain the healty lifestyl
User :   The bacteria could still be in me?
Doctor :   No chance
Doctor :   of live bacteria
User :   I do martial arts 4 times a week since I've been "sick"
Doctor :   ok
User :   No chance the bacteria is still inside of me, after a year of heavy anti-TB meds? I'm just trying to understand...
Doctor :   Look the Tuberculous bacteria behaves in different
Doctor :   due to the emergence of tx resistanct strains and HIC
Doctor :   HIV
Doctor :   the course of anti TB for one year should get rid of the bacteria
Doctor :   if correctly followede
User :   and it was :)
Doctor :   Then dont fear
Doctor :   Maintain a healthy lifestyle
User :   There is a "BUT" though, right ?
Doctor :   with good nutrition and exercises (martial arts)
Doctor :   But is always there if you dont follow the healthy practices
User :   Doc, there is a chance that the bacteria is still inside me? Please be honnest
Doctor :   The bacteria is not active
Doctor :   in your body
Doctor :   the multiplication of bacteria is not there
Doctor :   Ok
User :   well I hope it isn't ! 12 months of anti-multiplication, and 12 months of killing the bacteria !! I assume I'm ok.
Doctor :   Yes
User :   I'm just scared Doc...
Doctor :   Dont worry
Doctor :   You are alright
User :   It was the worst time of my life. 2 weeks in ICU (intubbed) - and another week in an isolated room.
Doctor :   yes
User :   Please tell me, can drinking beer actually bring the bacteria back? It's supossed to be dead, no??
Doctor :   no
User :   Please answer this question, then I'll leave you...
User :   no to what ?
Doctor :   Simply drinking beer doesn't bring back the dead bacteria
User :   oh ok
User :   But I assume it doesn't help...
Doctor :   Yes
User :   The bacteria is gone, in your opinion, right Doc ?
Doctor :   I dont commit that
Doctor :   the bacteria is dead
Doctor :   and not active
Doctor :   Ok
User :   thanks :) - Thats what I'm thinking !
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