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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   how long will a positive tb spot last?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
User :   Thanks for your help in advance
Doctor :   Its duty
User :   I have been confined to my home for the weekend by my doctor because I have tested positive for tb...question is: Doctor :   Please proceed with your query
User :   How long will the red spot last? What precautions do I need to take to protect myself and my family?
Doctor :   What TB test have you undergone ?
User :   The shot...I work with kids
User :   never tested positive before
Doctor :   ok, do you have long standing cough ?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have any other illnesses ?
User :   my daughter has just started a 'cold' about a week ago...i have written that off as allergies. Should I be concerned?
User :   no...used to get chronic bronchitis...but it has been awhile
Doctor :   need not worry, first let me confirm your TB status
User :   ok
Doctor :   have you undergone any other tests ?
User :   not yet...the doctor sent me straight to the health department but they were closed. He told me I need to report to them 1st thing monday and have them run the tests on me
Doctor :   Ok, i do not consider you as positive for TB
User :   ok. does it just possibly mean I have the bacteria in my system?
User :   Will the spot go away anytime soon?
Doctor :   i think the test you underwent is MONTOUX test which is not a confirmatory test
Doctor :   no not the bacteria , but you have the antibodies against the TB bacteria
User :   ok. Would that give me the red spot and the bump?
Doctor :   the antibodies will be present in most of the adults as normal
Doctor :   yes montoux do produce a red shot
User :   when will it go away? its pretty large
Doctor :   and the sot clears off within 2 days
User : I shouldnt go get the tests done and report to the health department?
Doctor :   yes, you have to report, the test may not be confirmatory but it is a test for TB , so get the other required tests to rule out TB
User :   ok...I was just concerned because the doctor told me I had been exposed and I was a little worried. Ive had this test run about 4 times before and never positive
User :   So should I beable to go to work with little children?
Doctor :   Yes, there is no problem in going for work
User :   ok....I'll let my doctor know that, too. He told me not to but I'm losing money
Doctor :   i do not find any reason for the same
Doctor :   ulmonary Tb which is positive in sputum is one wher quarentine is needed
User :   ok, well thanks for diagnosing me...i appreciate it. I will go back to work on monday then thanks
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