TB or not TB? That is congestion.
October 7, 2009 8:15 AM Subscribe
Because my grandfather was in an iron lung, I've tested positive for TB since the day I was born. Nothing active, but I never got medication. Should I do something?
posted by aquafortis to health & fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was born in the US and am in excellent health. Still, I'm a little worried that one day my immune system will dip and I'll go active and start leaking germs without knowing it. Are preventative antibiotics worth it, or am I anxious about nothing?
I've done a lot of research studies as a "healthy normal," so have had every kind of imaging and then some: two bronchoscopies, all kinds of pulmonary function tests, a couple of PET scans, and more MRIs than I can remember. About five years ago I spent the night on oxygen in the ER for severe bronchitis and had chest x-rays; all clear on all fronts. The main reason I'm thinking about this now is a friend of mine is immunocompromised. I know latent infections can't spread, but still. All thoughts welcome!