How can Tuberculosis be Treated?
Tuberculosis can be treated by taking a combination of antibiotics (usually 3-5 drugs) for a period of 6-8 months.
The treatment of tuberculosis depends on whether it is active or latent. Latent tuberculosis is treated with isoniazid (INH) for 6-12 months. Drugs that may be used to treat active Tuberculosis include-
- Para-aminosalicylic acid
The treatment has to be taken regularly for the prescribed duration. A good nutritious diet is helpful. A kerchief or a bit of cloth or tissue should be used while coughing or sneezing; and sputum should not be spit anywhere. Instead the sputum should be collected in a container and buried or burnt.
The common side-effects of anti-Tuberculosis drugs are-
- Joint pain
- Vision disturbance
- Orange or brown colored urine and/or tears
- Skin rash
- Jaundice (rare)
Vaccination against Tuberculosis- BCG vaccination has to be taken under the Universal Immunization Program. BCG vaccine is given soon after birth and protects against developing the severe forms of TB in childhood but does not protect adults from developing the adult forms of pulmonary TB.
A new tuberculosis vaccine, called H56(January 23,2011), has been more effective in preventing TB in infected mice than the current vaccine. The vaccine is still undergoing clinical trials.
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I am 28 years old,
I had cough and chest pain, i consulted the doctor and he said there some fluid in my chest and removed fluid by endoscopy treatment, but they found TB bacteria in biopsy result, I started the TB treatment that akurit4 tablets for 2 months and akurit3 for 4 months, and I was feeling better.
After completed 6 months treatment I found enlarged lymb node [left side of the neck].
Doctor suggest me to remove the lymb nodes and continue akrut3 tablets
I could not continue day by day treatment with tb tablet, I had missed 4 or 5 days TB tablet in initial months of completed six months treatment - Is that big problem?
Now I am really afraid of this. I have few more doubts that i have listed below, I hope you will help me
1) Why lymb node enlarged after 6 month completed treatment?
2) How do i check if there a TB bacteria in my body? or how do i check TB bacteria increasing or decreasing in my body?
3) DB patients have any problem in future? Will TB come back in future?
4) What are the side effects of long duration TB treatment with TB tablets?
dear sir,I was going through spinal TB treatment for about 10-11 months..and Istop taking medicines after this time period.. and now I am feeling symptoms again such as weakness,loss of weight but no cough..on my upper portion of my back its something like nailing inside..I am really afraid to consult doctor again because doctor told me that their is no ways to treat TB if you stopped taking medicine without my consult..I stopped my medicine in starting of January 2015..please help me sir..my age is 25 years and I am a boy living in India
Sir, I am female aged 40 years, Indian national staying in UAE for last 10 years. Every 3 years for getting a residense visa I need to undergo medical tests to check for any infectious disease. So many years I have done tests, never faced any problem. Unfortunately very recently when I had to undergo X-ray they found some spot in my chest and suspected for TB. As instructed by health authorities I had to undergo skin test, IGRA blood test and Sputum test. Skin test and IGRA blood test has come negative. Moreover sputum test is also negative. Only test left is sputum culture test result which they said will take 42 days. I had submitted my sputum last month. I had checked yesterday for any developments with the authorities as they said you could check after 15 days post sputum submital. The result was still not available and they told to wait till end of this month for final result as 42 days will be completed. In last 6 months or may be more I never had any TB symptoms such as headache, fever, fatigue, weight loss, cough etc. I am very much worried about the final outcome which will decide whether I could continue staying in UAE or not. Can you please advice what are the chances of the test outcome. Is it possible that I am infected. Your reply will help to release my anxiety and educate other friends in such incidents.
Hi, My mother is 72yrs old.She has been having low grade fever past 2 months. Her sking TB test and TB gold blood test are positive. She suffers from weak stomach. she doesn't have any cough, has had slight weight loss, has pain in her shoulders ans base of spine. Please let me know what kind of TB is she suffering from and would she be able to sustain such strong TB medication? What can I do to help her?
My daughter aged 10years had chine of Lymphnodes enlarged rht sid of the neck and NFAC done report says single TB bacteria cell found. Then doctor started ATT, after 10days she got high fever @103 and full total rashes. Admited in hospita. The doctor says its measles.. now the treatment for ATT stoppped and LFT reports 2 levels increased. Now i am not understanding weather that correctly dignosed TB or not . And if TB confirm how to manage the LFT levels under medication.. Presently taking RCINIC KID AND PYZINA KID tabs supporting Bcomplex. Experts kindly suggest