If you suspect that you have tuberculosis, contact your family doctor or your state health department. You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases or lung diseases (pulmonologist).
What you can do
Before your appointment, you might want to write a list answering the following questions:
- What are your symptoms, and when did they start?
- Were you vaccinated against tuberculosis as an infant?
- Have you ever had tuberculosis or a positive skin test?
- Have you ever taken medicine for TB? If so, what kind and for how long?
- Do you have other health problems?
- What medications and supplements do you regularly take?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
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- Does anyone you know have active tuberculosis?
- Do you have HIV or AIDS?
- Were you born in another country, or have you traveled in another country?
- Have you ever lived with someone who had tuberculosis?
- What kind of work do you do?
- Do you use alcohol or recreational drugs?
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