Can People Who Have TBC Only Transmit It Through Their Cough?

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Morning, I want to ask. My mother has been infected with tuberculosis, it has been a long time, but it was only discovered that she was infected with tuberculosis a week ago. My sister did activities almost 24 hours in my room with my mother. My mother, as long as she doesn’t know the disease yet, coughs when she never wears a mask. It so happened that my sister had been coughing for 2 days, but the cough was not too severe just a mild cough. What I want to ask is whether the person who has tuberculosis can only transmit the cough or is it sure that they will get TB? Do you think my brother has contracted a normal cough or tuberculosis?

1 Answer:

Hello, Triana. Thank you for the question submitted to We can understand the concern you feel.

First of all, we need to ask a few questions regarding your complaint. How old is your sister? Are your cough complaints accompanied by other symptoms, such as weight loss or weight gain that does not increase with age, breathlessness, or coughing up blood? Has your mother also done sputum examination in the laboratory and how are the results?

Tuberculosis (TB / TB) is a disease caused by infection with the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This infection most often attacks the lungs, but can also affect almost all organs. Around 9% of all TB cases in Indonesia are TB cases in children.

The diagnosis of TB in children is based on confirmation of the results of bacteriological examination, TB-specific clinical symptoms, evidence of TB infection, and chest X-ray images that point to TB. TB bacteriological examination in the form of sputum examination. The typical clinical symptoms of TB have the following characteristics: persist for more than 2 weeks even though optimal treatment has been given, and the most common complaints: long cough (2 weeks or more), weight loss / no increase in 2 months / failure to grow, long fever, lethargy, and less active. Evidence of TB infection in the form of a positive tuberculin test or close contact with other people who are ill with TB. Chest radiograph should be assessed by a doctor to support the diagnosis of TB. The doctor will assess the various components of this diagnosis through a scoring system to establish a diagnosis of TB in children. Thus, close contact with other people who have been diagnosed with TB, especially if laboratory tests have positive sputum, is a risk factor for children to contract TB.

We advise you to check your sister directly to the doctor. The doctor will take an history about the history of the disease, have a comprehensive physical examination, and plan supporting examinations such as sputum examination, chest x-rays, and blood tests.

As a suggestion at home, your sister is advised to eat a balanced nutritious meal, adequate rest, and ensure good air circulation and sunlight at home. It is also recommended to your mother to use a mask every day. All family members who live at home with TB patients are also advised to see a doctor, related to the risk of contracting TB.

To enrich your horizons, you can read articles about TB in children. Thus information from us. Hopefully get healthy soon. May be useful.

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