Signs And Symptoms Of Latent Tuberculosis And Active Tuberculosis





Once in a while, an individual may experience a cough but people usually didn't know that tuberculosis has a symptom of coughing. We will tackle about understanding tuberculosis and how it can be transferred from one person to another.

Tuberculosis or TB is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The number one affected area of tuberculosis is the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. There two type of tuberculosis latent tuberculosis and active tuberculosis.

Latent Tuberculosis

You have tuberculosis but the bacteria in your body is in an inactive state and does not cause any kind of symptoms. Latent tuberculosis also called inactive tuberculosis or tuberculosis infection, isn't contagious, however, it can turn into active tuberculosis if left untreated. It is important to treat the person who has latent TB and help control the spread of TB. An estimated 2 billion people have latent TB.

Active Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis that will make you sick and can be spread to others. It can occur in the first few weeks after the infection with the TB bacteria or might occur years later.

Signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis

* Coughing blood
* Coughing that lasts three or more weeks
* Fever
* Fatigue
* Night Sweats
* Loss of appetite
* Chills
* Unintentional weight loss
* Chest pain, or pain with breathing or coughing

As I have said tuberculosis can affect other parts of the body such as kidneys, spine or brain. When TB occurs outside your lungs the signs and symptoms vary to the area affected by tuberculosis, for example, TB in the spine may give you back pain while TB in kidneys may cause blood in your urine.

Active tuberculosis can spread through microscopic droplets of bacteria released into the air, when a person with active TB coughs, speaks, sneezes, spits, laughs or sings the bacteria will spread to the air and you might inhale it.

You're likely to get TB from someone you know or always next to you than from strangers. Most people who have active TB that took the appropriate drug treatment for at least two weeks are no longer contagious.

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Source: wikipedia, mayoclinic

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