Tuberculosis

by Emily Garcia

What is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis is a infectious disease that effects the lungs. The bacteria (Mycobacterium Tuberculosis) is released by sneezing or coughing can be spread to one person to another.

What are symptoms of tuberculosis?

The symptoms of tuberculosis are:

  • Fever
  • Chest pains
  • Coughing blood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue

What are treatments for TB?

A person with tuberculosis has many types of treatments. These treatments don't help right away , they take a long time to treat. Antibiotics must be taken to help fight the bacteria. All treatment types depend on the age , for of tuberculosis , and infection location.

What kinds of treatments are they and what kind of side effects?

The different types of treatments are:

  • Isoniazid
  • Rifampin
  • Ethambutol
  • Pyrazinamide
Some of these treatments can have side effects of nausea , vomiting , loss of appetite, skin discoloration ( yellow skin) and dark urine.

How to prevent & manage tuberculosis

To prevent this disease you can be vaccinated and regular check ups help to know when your infected.

A way an active tuberculosis person is managed by staying home , stay in just one cold room , at all times has to wear a mask and use everything disposable.

How The Body Reacts To Tuberculosis | MSF |