Are The Symptoms Of Tuberculosis And Bronchitis The Same?
I want to ask, are the symptoms of TB and bronchitis the same? If you cough up blood and have checked with 2 different doctors, 1 says TB, the second is bronchitis ,,
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TB is a disease caused by infection with the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB can provide symptoms such as:
prolonged cough (more than 3 weeks) that does not improve with usual treatment
cough accompanied by blood
shortness of breath and chest pain
body weak and tired quickly
Bronchitis is a general term used to describe inflammation of the bronchi of the lung. Bronchitis itself can be divided into 2, acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. The two have different causes.
Acute bronchitis is most often caused by an infection in the respiratory tract, it can be viral or bacterial infection, but it can also be caused by irritations such as exposure to cigarette smoke, certain chemical gases, air pollution, or food and stomach acid entering the lungs.
Bronchitis is said to be chronic when the symptoms of cough with sputum occur every day for at least 3 months, for 2 consecutive years. Some of the things that can cause chronic bronchitis are smoking, repeated exposure to substances that irritate the lungs, recurrent respiratory infections and chronic respiratory infections such as tuberculosis, chronic diseases like asthma, cystic fibrosis, etc.
Symptoms that can be found in bronchitis include:
cough accompanied by profuse sputum production
chest pain and shortness of breath
giggling sound when you breathe
low-grade fever and chills
pain in the whole body
Both of these diseases can indeed have similar symptoms, therefore to confirm the diagnosis, additional examinations are needed, for example sputum culture examination, sputum AFB (acid-resistant bacteria), and chest X-rays. The appearance of chest x-rays in bronchitis and pulmonary tuberculosis can be different, but the tests that can most confirm the diagnosis are the sputum culture and sputum AFB smear. If the sputum culture examination or sputum BTA shows the presence of Tuberculosis bacteria, then the person can be said to be suffering from TB. Therefore, it is best if you do the tests recommended by the doctor who examines you directly so that it is clearer to find out the cause of your symptoms.
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