Ask an expert

24 Feb 2003

I am a 45 year old (white) woman and to my horror have been diagnosed with tuberculosis. I went to the doc with a cough and after xrays she diagnosed TB. I had blood tests which confirmed the diagnosis. I then went and had a bronchoscopy which results were negative, they found nothing. Further xrays showed the infection, whatever it is, had spread. I then had a high res scan and they eventually confirmed that I had TB. I have been on the medication for a week. I have had conflicting answers to my question - from 'you're not because its not in your sputum (bronchoscopy)' to 'you are until you're on the medication for two ... three.... weeks .... 24 hours...". So once and for all --- am I or am I not infectious and if so for how long and how will I know when I'm NOT? My family won't come near me.

Answer 305 views

01 Jan 0001

Lauren, as soon as your sputum is negative you’re not infective anymore. The best would be to see a physiotherapist and ask her to help collect 3 sputum samples (don’t worry, they know what to do). If the samples are negative everybody can stop worrying. Good luck.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
33% - 9323 votes
67% - 18738 votes