Cough Accompanied By Shortness Of Breath With A History Of Tuberculosis?
, my father was diagnosed with tuberculosis a few years ago … and he said he had been on treatment for 6 months and was declared cured … but he often coughed up to such a severe cough and was followed by shortness of breath because my father had asthma too … did cough suffered by my father? I cough tbc? well I also have a toddler around the age of 14 months one house with my father, lately often close contact with my father like carrying, kissing etc … and at this time my child is coughing, runny nose accompanied by nausea to vomiting … do I need to suspect that my child’s cough is due to close contact with my father? and what should I do to cough my father and my child? Do I need to avoid contact between my father and son? thank you for your help
Hello, thanks for the question.
TB is an infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, rod-shaped, and resistant to acid staining. These germs can attack the lungs, lymph nodes, skin, and other organs. Symptoms that appear usually cough more than 2 weeks, coughing up blood, weight loss, fever, night sweats, and others. These germs are transmitted through the air or droplets. Someone who is exposed to TB germs will not directly cause a person to get TB disease, but depends on several factors, one of which is the immune system, if the immune system is good, TB germs will not develop. Some other factors that increase the risk of TB transmission include:
Malnutrition or malnutrition.
Weak immune systems, such as people with HIV / AIDS, diabetes, undergoing chemotherapy, and taking immune system-suppressing drugs
Drug abuse or drug abuse
Frequent contact with people with active TB, for example medical workers or families of sufferers.
Young age or children
This TB disease can reappear even after completion of 6 months of treatment, this is what we call a TB case relapse. If you have symptoms as mentioned above accompanied by risk factors you should consult a doctor. Someone who has close contact with a person with pulmonary TB, a family member who lives in one house should also be examined by a doctor or a health care center. The doctor will conduct a direct examination and additional examinations if needed, provide education, to provide therapy or preventive treatment to prevent contracting TB germs. Therefore, if you have symptoms such as those mentioned above or a cough that lasts a long time and does not heal with usual medication, or you suspect a TB infection, we recommend that your family, especially your father and child, go to a doctor.
Because tuberculosis is a contagious disease, in patients with suspicion of pulmonary TB, you should always use a mask, avoid contact with infants or young children because the immune system is still not fully formed, improve air circulation, adjust the room to get enough sunlight , eat healthy and nutritious food, meet fluid needs, get enough rest, collect phlegm containing TB germs in a container then be buried so that the risk of transmission to others can be reduced.
Thus, hopefully it helps.