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?
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