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Can A Person Drink Alcohol After Taking A TB Test?

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While it is unlikely that alcohol will have any effects on the results of a Tuberculosis test, it still advised that for the two to three-day waiting period after the skin test has been administered patients avoid drinking alcohol, particularly in excess. If you test positive for the TB infection and have to have further tests, it is still wise to steer clear of consuming alcohol.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that is spread when infected individuals cough, sneeze or spread their saliva to another individual. It is a disease that, if left untreated, can be fatal but modern medicine helps prevent this from happening. Symptoms of TB include, but are not limited to, a chronic cough, fevers, chills and fatigue. A simple PDD skin test can be enough to diagnose a patient with TB, a positive result means that you have been infected with the disease, however normally only 10 per cent of people who test positive with a PDD test actually go on to develop active TB.

Any patient who has tested positively for TB with the skin test will have to attend a physical exam and chest x-ray. These tests will determine whether the patient has active and contagious TB. If the results are positive, patients are prescribed with a combination of 4 antibiotics (isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide) to make sure that the TB doesn’t become resistant to treatment.

Alcohol should not be consumed while taking these drugs as the combination can serious damage your liver. If the results for active TB are negative, the doctor may still prescribe a six-month course of antibiotics to kill the infection and stop it from becoming active TB. Whatever the results from the chest x-ray it is likely that the doctor will want to continue monitoring you for a few months to make sure everything is developing correctly.
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Meta Forrest answered
Best to wait for the results. If you prove to be possitive you could do yourself more harm than good.

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