Doctors for Tuberculosis in Anand Nagar, Hubli-Dharwad
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An infection and serious disease that impacts the lungs and is caused by the bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, tuberculosis affects various other parts of the body to. Usually the symptoms here include extreme coughing that doesn’t seem to go away. Alongside the patient would have lack of appetite, pain and fever almost everyday, weight loss, fatigue and also coughing up blood.
HOW IS TUBERCULOSIS DIAGNOSED?
A Pulmonologist is the specialist one should go to if any of the symptoms exist. The doctor would first study the clinical history and also conduct a physical examination and ask questions to know the status of the infection. A chest X-ray and sputum culture test are the other diagnostic tools available to the doctor.
HOW IS TUBERCULOSIS TREATED?
The goal of treatment is to cure the infection with medicines that fight the TB bacteria. Active pulmonary TB is treated with a combination of many medicines (usually four medicines). The person takes the medicines until lab tests show which medicines work best. TB is a treatable and curable disease. Active, drug-susceptible TB disease is treated with a standard 6 month course of 4 antimicrobial drugs that are provided with information, supervision and support to the patient by a health worker or trained volunteer. Without such support, treatment adherence can be difficult and the disease can spread. The vast majority of TB cases can be cured when medicines are provided and taken properly.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tuberculosis mostly affects adults in their most productive years. However, all age groups are at risk. Over 95% of cases and deaths are in developing countries.
People who are infected with HIV are 20 to 30 times more likely to develop active TB. The risk of active TB is also greater in persons suffering from other conditions that impair the immune system.