PSA; Tuberculosis and it's Effects.

+Possible solutions and Goals

What is TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that usually infects the lungs, but can attack almost any part of the body. Tuberculosis is spread from person to person through the air. It is not easy to become infected with tuberculosis.

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The Danger + Treatments

TB is a disease caused by a bacterium calledMycobacterium tuberculosis.The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

However, People with latent TB infection, have TB bacteria in their bodies. But they aren't sick, this is because the bacteria are not active.

People with latent TB infection do not have symptoms, and they can't spread TB bacteria to other people. but, if TB bacteria become active in the body and multiply, the person will go from having latent TB infection to being sick with TB disease. Unfortunate, but true. For this reason, people with latent TB infection are often prescribed treatment to prevent them from developing TB disease.

Treatments for the infection include:

  1. isoniazid (INH)
  2. rifampin (RIF)
  3. rifapentine (RPT)

Treatments for the disease include:

  1. isoniazid (INH)
  2. rifampin (RIF)
  3. ethambutol (EMB)
  4. pyrazinamide (PZA)

Though these tratments don't cure right away; they are taken over a period of time to fully recover the person who was unfortunate enough to contract the disease.

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The Symptoms of TB + The Risks

  • A persistent cough + Dry/Sore Throat.
  • Constant fatigue + Micro/Large Migraines.
  • Loss of appetite + Unhealthy weight loss.
  • Fever
  • Coughing up blood + Blood in vomit
  • Night sweats + Small cases of insomnia.
  • The risk of contracting the infection is more likely than you think; Being around some with TB for an extended period of time puts you, and anyone you spend time with, at risk.
  • People whom are homeless, do self-injected drugs, or have immigrated from places where TB is a common disease, are at high risk.
  • The same goes for People with weak immune systems, Babies + Young children, People who've contracted kidney/sugar related diseases, People with HIV/AIDS, People currently having chemotherapy [Cancer patients].

Potential Solutions

Teens make up more of the Earth's population than you'd care to realize.

So how can they help to stop this disease?

  1. Fund/Volunteer/Work at local and/or top groups and services that are working to cure the disease
  2. Create groups of their own to help be there for patients
  3. Visit hospitals/Donate to TB patients/groups


With so many good-hearted goals out there, curing TB is one of them.

With some planning and a well-thought out procedure, maybe this could happen!

  1. If we take the time to set one goal at a time, achieve one of them each month.
  2. Study TB, intensive research and experimenting
  3. Dig to the root of TB, find out how to turn it around
  4. Test possible cures, find temporary cures for those in need.