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Tuberculosis - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Tuberculosis is a disease that dates as back as the Ancient Egyptian civilization of the Pharaohs. For its presence has been found in the preserved spines of the ancient Egyptian mummies. During the 18th and 19th century, an epidemic of this fearsome disease rampaged throughout North America and Europe, before Robert Koch the German microbiologist discovered the cause of tuberculosis in 1882. Following Robert Koch’s discovery, vaccine and effective drug treatment that was developed, led to the belief that this illness has been almost defeated. At a point of time, even the United Nations, suggested that TB (Tuberculosis) would get eliminated by 2025.

Nevertheless, the counts of the patients suffering from this disease started to rise in the US and worldwide in the mid-80s. In 1993 the WHO (World Health Organization) declared Tuberculosis as a global emergency. Although with proper diet and medications this disease is curable, but without proper treatment experts say that two third of the people suffering from TB will die.

There are two types of Tuberculosis:

  • Latent TB
  • Active TB

In the latent TB cases, the TB bacteria remain in a dormant mode in the body. It doesn’t cause any symptoms of the disease and so is not contagious. However, the latent TB bacteria can become active any point of time. About one third of the world population is believed to have latent TB. Although there is only 10% chance that latent TB will get active, but people who have compromised immune system, have higher risks of triggering this latent disease. In active TB, the disease causing bacteria shows symptoms of TB and this illness is contagious. TB can affect all age groups in all parts of the global demography.

TB is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium. This disease spreads through the air, when someone suffering from this disease sneezes, coughs, laughs, talks or spit. Although TB is contagious, but it is not easy to catch. However, the chances of getting infected with this disease is more from someone you work or live, rather than from a stranger. With people suffering from active TB, it take not more than two weeks to be non-contagious, if they are provided proper medications.

In most of the cases the common diagnostic test for detecting this disease is a skin test whereby a small injection of PPD tuberculin (which is an extract of the TB bacterium) is given below the inside forearm of the patient. The injection site is then checked after 2-3 days. If the site of the injection shows signs of red bump, gets swollen and hard, then it’s likely that the patient is suffering from TB. Apart from that, other tests which are also used for diagnosis of this disease are blood tests, x-ray of the patient’s chest, which are done along with the above mentioned skin test.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test always required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Spread through the air or contaminated surfaces
Feeling chilly and having fever. Coughing, which sometimes spurts out mucous and blood. Loss of appetite leading to weight loss. Night sweats and loss of energy during the morning hours of the day.

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Although your body is already in possession of the bacteria leading to tuberculosis, your immune system is able to prevent you from becoming sick. Doctors have made a distinction between latent and active tuberculosis (TB). In case of latent TB, the bacteria in the body in a passive state and it causes no symptoms, and therefore it is not contagious. But, in the case of active TB, you would become sick and may even spread the disease to others. It can take place in the first few weeks or even after several months of being infected with TB bacteria. What are the symptoms of active TB? If you are coughing for over three weeks and sometimes even coughing up blood, it can be a sign of TB. Chest pain and pain while coughing and breathing along with fatigue, fever, chills and night sweat are the common symptoms of TB along with loss of appetite and unintentional weight loss. TB may even affect other organs of your body, including your brain, spine and kidneys. When TB takes place outside the lungs, then the signs of TB can vary as per the organs that are involved. For instance, TB in the spine can cause back pain and that in kidneys may cause blood in the urine. What are the causes of TB? TB is stemmed from a bacteria which spreads from individual to individual via the microscopic droplets that are released into the air. This may happen when an affected person is left untreated and he speaks or sneezes or coughs or laughs. Though the disease is contagious, it is not easy to be affected by it. As a result, you are much more likely to get affected with active tuberculosis from a person you live with or come in regular contact with, rather than a stranger. It is important to note here that people who are affected with TB and going through proper medications for over two weeks are no more contagious. Right from the 1980s, the number of individuals affected with TB has increased dramatically, owing to the spread of HIV, which is the virus known for causing AIDS. A person infected with HIV has a weak immunity system as a result of which it becomes difficult for the body to deal with TB bacteria. So those who have AIDS are more likely to be affected with active TB and sometimes the latent form also progresses to an active one very quickly. Therefore, it is important to seek medical assistance and detect if you have any such health complications concerning TB.
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My mother is 49 years old and she had tb 2 times earlier in her life, now she is a COPD patient and is admitted in a ICU in a hospital and doctors have done Tracheostomy but now yesterday she had fever and doctors are saying she might be having TB again. What are the chances of her survival? Is she at high risk or it can be cured.

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Certainly she is at risk however you can't just put down to 1 disease in this state. There could be an infection in the lungs and pneumonia Could be due to any bacteria. May not be TB only.
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What is TB (tuber closes) it is dangerous disease it can be cause with medicine and what are the symptoms of it.

Dr. Mool Chand Gupta 92% (33895 ratings)
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Infection with mycobacterium tuberculosis is TB. It can be cured by medicine. symtoms are cough, fever, weight loss and loss of appetide.
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Why I am bleeding from mouth with mix of saliva (with blood with small small quantity? There is no cough. But my past medical I had an tuberculosis so is this is symptoms of same .I consult my doctor he said that there no need to worry it's bleed from your past tuberculosis lungs side place but I can't? So please.

Dr. Shashank Rathod 90% (30 ratings)
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What are the symptoms of tuberculosis. And what are the medicines for tuberculosis treatment tell me.

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There are number of symptoms depending.on the where is the main infection.. Like low grade fever Weight loss. Lack of appetite Etc... And treatment is Homoeopathic or allopathic according to your choice... Not possible to detail here..

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