03 Apr 2018

Tuberculosis (TB) Myths and Facts


Tuberculosis has more than a few misconceptions about how it impacts us. Here are some of the most common myths and facts to help you stay free of TB. A type of bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes TB. Tuberculosis (TB) may be regarded in two categories: active disease or latent infection. The most common form of active TB is lung disease, but it may invade other organs, so-called “extrapulmonary TB.”. A single sneeze releases up to 40,000 droplets. Each of these droplets may transmit the disease. 1 in 10 infections eventually progresses to active tuberculosis, which, if left untreated, kills more than 50% of those infected.

According to Dr Animesh Arya, senior consultant in Respiratory medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute: “Many complications can arise if TB is not cured on time such as MDR (multi-drug resistant) tuberculosis, meningitis or CNS TB, chronic or suppurative lung disease, bone and joint problems,  liver and kidney disease etc.  Another factor can be low immunity and lack of hygiene which tends to develop this disease. So it is advisable to maintain a good immunity and also avoid coming into contact with people having Tuberculosis. Few basic hygiene practices should be adopted like covering their mouth while coughing, refrain from spitting in public areas and to follow proper medication regimen.”

Active TB

Active TB is an illness in which the TB bacteria are rapidly multiplying and invading different organs of the body. The typical symptoms of active TB variably include cough, phlegm, chest pain, weakness, weight loss, fever, chills and sweating at night. A person with active pulmonary TB disease may spread TB to others by airborne transmission of infectious particles coughed into the air.

Our center is committed to helping patients understand the facts and provides treatment for Tuberculosis (TB). 

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