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Monday, July 7, 2008

Tuberculosis Facts You Need To Know



Tuberculosis xrayAfter I have tested positive for Tuberculosis on my skin test last Saturday, I have been alarmed and somewhat depressed on the outcome of my stay here in Singapore. These past few days I have been receiving comments on this blog from my friends and readers saying their well wishes for my health. They were also praying for my condition. Thank you to all of you. I appreciate all of your nice words and encouragement. God bless you all.

Anyway, the other day I asked a dear friend of mine to research for me about Tuberculosis. He collated all the information I need to know about Tuberculosis. I only had the time to read it last night. I was surprised with it and I am somewhat relieved to know that I shouldn’t worry at all.

Here are the information about Tuberculosis that you should know. There are two types of Tuberculosis: Latent Tuberculosis and Active Tuberculosis. Latent Tuberculosis is the type of Tuberculosis with no symptoms and the TB bacteria cannot be spread to others. Active Tuberculosis has symptoms such as bad cough that would last to 3 weeks or longer, pain in the chest, coughing blood or sputum (phlegm), weakness or fatigue, weight loss, no appetite, chills, fever and sweating at night. Active Tuberculosis is the contagious one since you can get infected by the person’s cough or even by laughing. Strange huh! Basically, the Latent type of TB is safe and can be cured by taking izoniazid (INH) for about 6 to 9 months of religious medication.

So what causes Tuberculosis? It is caused by slow-growing bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis that thrives in the area of the body that is rich in oxygen and blood such as the lungs. You can actually get it when a person with Active Tuberculosis coughs or sneezes. Once you have inhaled the air with the TB bacteria, the bacteria immediately settle to parts of our body then they begin to grow. What can we do to protect ourselves is to have a healthy lifestyle. A person with a strong immune system will help stop in the developing of the TB bacteria. And oh, you can also have a TB vaccine.

X-ray picture courtesy of topnews.in

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4 comments:

feRn said...

hey dude! it's a GOOD NEWS!!... Just always pRay and take ur medicine religiously...Ü

nokk said...

napakadaling gamutin n'yan compared to other communicable deseases...pasalamat ka pa at ganyan lang...hope may medications ka na...and has started in time...drink plenty of water, juices and nutritious diet.

pehpot said...

ah so maybe you have the dormant type no..

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Denis said...

great facts. this can help out people suffering same thing