Tuberculosis Symptoms & TB Prevention

Tuberculosis SymptomsIn most cases, the tuberculosis symptoms do not show up. The reason for this is the germs causing TB can live in your body without making you sick. Moreover most people with tuberculosis can fight off the germs before they can spread. Docs call this type as Latent TB infection. But if the germs survive and start multiplying, you can get sick with TB. Docs call this type as active TB infection.

Tuberculosis Symptoms

  1. Fever
  2. Chills
  3. Pain in the chest
  4. Cough that lasts for three weeks or even longer
  5. Coughing up either blood or mucus
  6. No appetite
  7. Feeling tired or weak
  8. Sweating at night
  9. Weight loss

If you have any of the above tuberculosis symptoms, then right away see your doctor. Treatment is available for TB which completely cures it. Without proper TB treatment, the disease may become fatal.

Tuberculosis Prevention

Tuberculosis is a real concern even today. In case you have active tuberculosis, you must get treatment immediately. The tuberculosis treatment involves taking medications for six to twelve months. It is important to take all the medications till the prescribed time even if you feel better. If not, you may get sick again.

When you have latent type of TB, you cannot spread the disease. But the doctor may recommend medications to stop the germs from becoming active.

Stop the Spread of Tuberculosis

Below are the tips you need to follow to prevent others from getting TB either during first weeks of treatment or until your doctor certifies you are no longer contagious:

Take all the medications till the prescribed time.

Cover your mouth with a tissue every time you sneeze or cough. Dispose the tissue in a sealed plastic bag

Always wash your hands after sneezing and coughing.

Stay away from work, school or other public places

Do not invite other people to your place and do not visit them.

Avoid public transportation

Open windows or use a fan for fresh air to move around.

Overview of Tuberculosis – TB Basics

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