Cough Has Been 4 Months And Sputum Test Results Are Negative?
Good morning? R nI want to ask, I have coughed in the 4th month but it hasn’t stopped yet, yesterday I checked phlegm several times but it was still negative. Now check again. Examination results: What does MTB DETECTED LOW Rif Resistance NOT DETECTED mean? Currently I am also breastfeeding and my child is 4 months old. Thank you
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Coughing that occurs more than 2 weeks should be suspected of interference with the respiratory tract. Tuberculosis infection is the first suspicion that is often feared, because this infection is very contagious and quite dangerous if it infects someone, especially a small child. Tuberculosis infection causes symptoms that are coughing for more than 2 weeks accompanied by other symptoms, which are sweating at night despite not doing activities, decreased appetite, weight loss, often feeling a fever that is not too high / feverish. To detect this disease, examination of sputum and chest X-ray is a recommended examination to do.
The results of your sputum test show a small amount of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). This is what might cause a number of tests that you do negative results. Please note that normally every person has tuberculosis in their lungs, but the amount is quite small. Someone who has good immunity, even if exposed to these germs will not make him sick and show symptoms. Conversely, if the immune system is declining, these germs will easily breed and cause symptoms of tuberculosis.
Sputum examination is also used as screening for abnormalities in respiratory organs. If no bacteria are found, other possible causes besides tuberculosis can underlie the complaints that arise. Diseases in the respiratory system that can cause symptoms of a long cough include bronchitis, bronchiolotis, allergies, asthma, to lung cancer.
Rif Resistance indicates that the germs obtained from your lungs do not have resistance / immunity to the drug Rifampicin. Rifampicin is the main choice in the treatment of tuberculosis, if the germ is immune to this drug then the patient's condition will be more dangerous by germs that are already drug resistant.
Therefore, it is highly recommended to check yourself with a specialist in internal medicine, for a more complete evaluation and examination to find the exact cause. Chest x-ray examination is very helpful to identify other types of lung disease.
Before going to the doctor, do the following steps that you can apply at home to reduce complaints:
Increase the consumption of water
Get enough rest
Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke, dust and other pollution
Avoid consuming foods that can irritate the throat such as dry foods, crackers, spicy foods, etc.
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