Hi, Welcome to the Infectious Disease Forum. We are not doctors on these sites. However, I am a microbiologist and can give you some advise. How high has your fever been. In adults a high fever is about 101-102 degrees F. Also, if your lymphocytes and eosinophils are in range they are normal, it doesn't matter if they are on the high end or not. Have you had the BCG vaccine in the past? That could cause a positive TB skin test. If not you could have been exposed to TB in the past or present. The Xray is hard to know. The smoking maybe could cause the markings or infection or something else. I don't know about the conus.
What country do you live in? Can you get a quantiferon TB blood test? That will give you a result that states if you are currently positive for TB. Also you can get a TB sputum culture done. It takes a while for results for the culture . They should do it a couple of times on different days. If you do the culture you have to cough up a deep cough not just spit.
Do you have night sweats, a cough especially a cough with blood or pink or rusty looking?, weight loss?, low appetite?
If not you may just be carrying the bacteria also and not active. If not active you can go on one antibiotic usually Isoniazid (INH) for a period of time and it will kill the bacteria before you get sick. If you are actively positive then:
Then if positive you have to go on several antibiotics for several months and stay on them whether you feel sick or not. Unless you are allergic of course then you may be able to switch to a different one. But they use 3 because they don't want the bacteria to become resistant or if it is resistant to make sure you get cured. But lets hope you don't have it. If you come up positive i can help you understand what the doctor says about treatment.if you need that.
So let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks a lot for the reply
I am from India and I haven't taken any BCG vaccine before. I have given sample for quantiferon TB gold test today and I hope I will get the reports on Saturday.
One more thing is I don't have cough to go for a sputum culture.
Yesterday I have taken HR CT chest(contrast)and ct abdomen and pelvis (contrast) which came out as everything is fine...
I am planning to take immunoglobulin panel test (IGA,IGM and IGG)..will it be helpful in diagnosing my problem.
I have been diagnosed with high cholesterol and vitamin b12,D and folate deficiency..
Do you thing is there any disease in me which is leading to all these deficiencies, because I always take a healthy diet but still don't know why it turned out deficient.
My doctor has prescribed me doxycycline antibiotic for 21 days and he is said its a antitb drug.
My doubt is if the infection is because of tb , will this drug make the bacteria drug resistant.
Thanku for the support.
I am a male.I have fever always from 15 days ..it goes down when I take medicine but comes back again. Anyways I will get back to you with my quantiferon report once I get it.
Yeah my doctor has prescribed me methycobamalin injections for B12 deficiency and asked me to take them weekly twice.
Last question is TB curable?? Is it one time treatment or should I take always in my life time.
Today I got my quantiferon TB gold report which came out as positive...
Results are as below..
Gamma interferon antigen tube - >10 IU/ml
Gamma interferon NIL tube - 0.15 IU/ml
| NIL TUBE in | ANTIGEN TUBE | FINAL RESULT | INTERPRETATION |
| IU/mL | MINUS NIL TUBE | | |
| | in IU/mL | | |
| < = 8.00 | = 0.35 & = 0.35 & > = 25% | Positive | M. tuberculosis infection likely |
| | of Nil tube | | |
| >8.00 | Any result | Indeterminate | This may be due to excessive levels|
| | | | of circulating gamma interferon or |
| | | | presence of heterophile antibodies
Here the is the complete detail of me. Request you to go through it and suggest me accordingly
Fever and chills from past 13 days
Mantoux test - positive 20mm
High(not too high) eosinophills and wbc
X ray PA view (increased branch vascular markings )
Ct chest, abdomen and pelvis (Contrast) - no findings
Vitamin deficiency (Vit D,B12,Folate)
High cholesterol (LDL & triglycerides)
Quantiferon TB gold test - Positive
Antigen tube - >10 UI/ml
Nil tube - 0.15 UI/ml
I am feeling some what better after taking the medicine (Doxicycline) prescribed by GP.
My doctor still says he cannot make sure of TB in me..and he says quantiferon gives false positive .
Am very confused what to do now..should I start my treatment of TB or should I go further testing...
Kindly suggest me...
I have gathered some information by surfing in the internet and imagining like I may have infection like spinal tb or brain.
The reason for assumption is I have back pain and neurological symptoms. Do I need to under go a MRI or CT for head and spine or do you suggest me some other test for identifying tb in spine,bones and brain.
Am waiting for your reply...please assist me..one lasts question is there any test which can differentiate between tb bacteria and other bacterial infections?
Thanku for the support ...I will get back to u with my doctors opinion
Hello mkh9 ,
This is Snxyr66 ..sorry for texting from another profile as my previous one is not accessible..
As u know about my previous medical history..I have taken TTg IGA test which came back as positive ...j have extreme bloating , abdomen pain and diaohrrea and burning sensation in stomach from past 5 days..doctor says am celiac but my parents nor anyone have it..how should I confirm am celiac..does taking endoscopy and biopsy of small intestine rule out both tb and celiac disease...one more doubt is does tb leads or in any way will tb be a cause for celiac disease???
Please suggest me the tests for celiac confirmation..and will I die soon with this disease please let me know because I have some responsibilities of my parents which I have to complete...
I will get that test done and get back to u....one more thing is does intestinal tb will cause celiac disease...