Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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:

  • 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?
Jan. 26, 2013

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