Re: Son was diagnosed with being a TB carrier
TB is caused by a bacteria. You can become a carrier by being exposed to it and having it take up residence in your system. It's transmitted by the respiratory system, so being in close proximity to someone who has active TB can spread it. It can stay in your system for years without ever causing symptoms or becoming active in any way. As long as it's not active, your son is not contagious. If his immune system becomes weakened, for example, if he got the flu or something, the bacteria might become active. For this reason, many doctors will recommend being treated for it even though it isn't currently active. There is some controversy about this, as resistant strains of TB are more and more common due to the overuse of antibiotics. It sounds like your son is under a doctor's care, so I'd do whatever his doctor is recommending. The doctor is aware that he's a carrier, so he'll be on the lookout for the possibility of it becoming active. Many, many people are carriers and never ever come down with the disease. It's good to be aware and careful, but don't let it rule your lives. It'll be okay!