Quick Answer: What If A Family Member Has TB?

What to do if you were around someone with TB?

If you think you have been exposed to someone with TB disease, you should contact your doctor or local health department about getting a TB skin test or a special TB blood test.

Be sure to tell the doctor or nurse when you spent time with the person who has TB disease..

How hard is it to catch TB?

Although tuberculosis is contagious, it’s not easy to catch. You’re much more likely to get tuberculosis from someone you live with or work with than from a stranger. Most people with active TB who’ve had appropriate drug treatment for at least two weeks are no longer contagious.

Can you survive TB without treatment?

TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. A person with TB can die if they do not get treatment.

Where is TB most common?

Worldwide, TB is most common in Africa, the West Pacific, and Eastern Europe. These regions are plagued with factors that contribute to the spread of TB, including the presence of limited resources, HIV infection, and multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB.

Does Tuberculosis stay in your system forever?

What is latent TB infection? Many people who have latent TB infection never develop TB disease . In these people, the TB bacteria remain inactive for a lifetime without causing disease . But in other people, especially people who have weak immune systems, the bacteria become active, multiply, and cause TB disease .

Can you get TB from kissing?

You cannot get TB germs from: Saliva shared from kissing. TB is NOT spread through shaking someone’s hand, sharing food, touching bed linens or toilet seats, or sharing toothbrushes.

How long does TB virus live in air?

tuberculosis can exist in the air for up to six hours, during which time another person may inhale it. M. tuberculosis does not discriminate against the people whom it meets. It is estimated that every second, a new person is infected with TB.

Is it safe to be around someone with TB?

No. It is very important to remember that only someone with active TB disease in the lungs can spread the germ. People with TB infection are not contagious, do not have any symptoms, and do not put their family, friends and co-workers at risk.

How can family members protect themselves from TB?

Here are some very important things you should do to prevent spreading your TB germs to other people: Always cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Some people cough less when they drink warm liquids. While at home, spend only a short time in rooms that other people use like the bathroom or kitchen.

Is TB a hereditary disease?

A genetic region has been discovered to be associated with clinical TB. People with at least one high-risk copy of this genetic region are ten times more likely to develop TB than normal.

Can I marry a girl with TB?

For example, if, due to TB and its lengthy treatment, a woman’s marriage to her cousin does not go ahead, then it is not her last opportunity to marry if she has many other as yet unmarried cousins to marry once she is in good health again.