What to do to cure tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosisbetter known as Koch’s bacillus, which has a great chance of cure if the disease is identified in the initial phase and the treatment carried out correctly according to the medical recommendation.
Treatment is usually done with the use of some antibiotics for 6 to 24 uninterrupted months and, in the case of extrapulmonary tuberculosis, it is important to include therapeutic measures related to the symptoms presented, which may include physiotherapy or surgery, for example. See more details on how tuberculosis treatment is done.
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In order for a cure to be achieved more quickly, it is important that tuberculosis is identified at the very first symptoms, such as:
- persistent cough;
- Pain when breathing;
- Constant low-grade fever;
- Night sweats.
Therefore, it is important to consult a pulmonologist quickly whenever tuberculosis is suspected, especially when there is some type of persistent cough that does not improve and is accompanied by night sweats.
In most cases, the doctor indicates the use of some antibiotics in order to eliminate the bacteria and which should be taken even if there are no symptoms. Discover the 4X1 treatment against tuberculosis.
Treatment time and other care
The treatment time varies from 6 months to 1 year, and should not be interrupted, as it can result in bacterial resistance, re-emergence of the disease or development of complications, in addition to transmitting the disease to other people.
In addition, it is important to have a balanced diet with foods capable of strengthening the immune system, being rich mainly in vitamin D, which is an important regulator of the immune system, favoring the elimination of pro-inflammatory substances and the production of anti-inflammatory proteins. inflammatory, promoting the elimination of the bacteria more quickly. See how to improve the immune system through food.
When the treatment is done correctly, the person is cured, however, they can develop the disease again if they come into contact with the bacteria.
Tuberculosis is contagious
After 15 to 30 days from the start of treatment, the person diagnosed with tuberculosis is no longer contagious, and it is no longer necessary for the treatment to be carried out in hospitalization and isolation. Symptoms usually improve after the second month of treatment, but even then it is necessary that the use of the drugs is continued until the laboratory results are negative or the doctor discontinues the medication.
In the case of extrapulmonary tuberculosis, in which the bacteria reach other parts of the body, such as bones and intestine, for example, the contagion does not happen, and the patient can be treated close to other people.
When to get the vaccine?
One of the ways to prevent tuberculosis is through the BCG vaccine, which must be administered in the first month of life. Vaccination is the only way to prevent the most serious forms of tuberculosis. Learn more about the BCG vaccine.
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