Skin Tuberculosis - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for skin TB?

You should consult your family physician who will perform a physical examination and recommend diagnostic tests to confirm the condition.

2. What do you mean by TB skin disease?

It is a skin infection that results from the bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that cause pulmonary TB. The infection spreads either externally through exposure to cuts and bruises or internally through the blood or lymph nodes from a main infection site.

3. Can vaccination cause tuberculosis?

There are instances when BCG vaccine can cause certain complications of the skin, such as lupus vulgaris, TB in other sites of the body, scrofuloderma, and tuberculids.

4. Where can I get a TB skin test?

You can get a TB skin test at your local health clinic.

5. Can you die if you have skin tuberculosis?

Miliary tuberculosis, if left untreated, can cause death.

6. What are the complications of cutaneous TB treatment?

Treatment for cutaneous TB can result in mild and severe complications. The mild complications, include headaches, vomiting, nausea, red urine, fever, and insomnia. The major complications, include seizures, anemia, and kidney inflammation. Hepatitis is another complication of the treatment.

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