Cold Cough vs. TB Cough in a person with Latent TB
In early April, I had a positive TB skin test (the testing was performed because my parents wish to be foster parents and testing was a requirement, not because I felt something might be wrong with me). The doctor did a chest x-ray and found my lungs to be completely clear, but started me on INH to prevent TB from developing later on in life. I began that medication April 7. Around April 30, after caring for my boyfriend who had a bad cold, I too developed a cold, but it was more severe than his. I developed a severe ear infection (which I went to the doctor for and got a prescription), and had a stuffy nose and sore throat. A few days into the cold, I also developed a cough and a feeling of tightness in my lungs. I have had a slightly productive cough for about 10 days now. When I cough, nothing really comes up except a very small amount of clear mucus. I do not have a fever, loss of appetite or night sweats. Just a nagging cough (I do not cough as frequently now as when it first started, but I’m still worried that it didn’t go away by now). I have a history of asthma but am otherwise an exceptionally healthy individual, but of course with this cough and the positive PPD, I am worried about TB. When should I seek medical attention about this cough?
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.