6 main symptoms of tuberculosis (with online test)
The main symptoms of tuberculosis are related to the respiratory system and include:
- Cough for more than three weeks, there may be blood;
- Pain when breathing or coughing;
- low fever;
- Cold sweat;
- Feeling short of breath;
- Weight loss for no apparent reason.
Although tuberculosis mainly affects the lungs, it can also affect any other area of the body, such as the bones, intestines or bladder, resulting in general and specific symptoms of the affected organ. Learn about tuberculosis and the types.
In most cases, symptoms of tuberculosis are not noticed at the beginning of the disease, so it is not uncommon for the infection to be diagnosed only during routine examinations.
online symptom test
If you suspect that you may have tuberculosis, check the symptoms shown in the following test:
Symptoms of extrapulmonary tuberculosis
Although tuberculosis most often affects the lungs, it can also develop in other organs, such as the kidneys, bones, intestines, or meninges. In such cases, tuberculosis is known as extrapulmonary and can cause organ-specific symptoms as well as more general symptoms:
- Weight loss;
In addition, it is often possible to notice pain and swelling in the place where the bacillus is lodged.
Symptoms of childhood tuberculosis
Tuberculosis in children and adolescents causes the same symptoms as in adults, leading to fever, tiredness, lack of appetite, coughing for more than 3 weeks and sometimes enlarged lymph nodes.
Usually, it takes a few months to diagnose the disease, as it can be confused with others, and tuberculosis can be pulmonary or extrapulmonary, affecting other organs of the child.
How is the treatment done?
Tuberculosis treatment is free and is usually done with a daily dose of medication, such as Rifampicin, for at least 8 months. However, treatment can take 2 years or more if not followed correctly, or if it is multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
In this way, the person should be guided on how long they should take the medication and alert them to take the medication every day, always at the same time. Learn more about treatment for tuberculosis.
Learn more about tuberculosis by watching the video below:
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