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Tuberculosis (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If someone among your family or close associates is found to be sick with active TB, you should see your doctor and be tested for tuberculosis.

  • The dangerous contact time is before treatment. However, once treatment with drugs starts, the sick person is noncontagious within a few weeks.
  • If you develop any side effects from medications prescribed to treat tuberculosis -- such as itching, change in color of skin, tiredness, visual changes, or excessive fatigue -- call your doctor immediately.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/6/2014

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