Does Coughing Up Phlegm Be Contagious?

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Hello doctor, my grandmother coughed up phlegm and it’s been almost 6 months not recovering. Already taken to the doctor as well and my grandmother was my roommate. Can coughing be contagious? I’m afraid, about my uncle, someone died because of this cough. Thank you doctor

1 Answer:

Good afternoon, thanks for the question

Chronic cough in Indonesia is most often caused by a bacterial infection that causes tuberculosis (TB). Common symptoms of TB include chronic cough, fever at night, decreased appetite, and weight loss. Patients with the above symptoms need to have a sputum examination to assess whether there are germs that cause TB in the airways. If positive for TB infection, anti-tuberculosis treatment is immediately given for a minimum period of 6 months. A cough caused by an infection condition including tubal tuberculosis can certainly be penetrated through the spit of the sufferer.

To avoid transmission it is necessary to do the following:
1. Treat the patient completely
2. Create lighting from sunlight and good air circulation in the dwelling
3. Increase nutritional intake
4. Encourage the patient to close his mouth when coughing and sneezing, or use a mask
5. Encourage sufferers not to spit carelessly
6. Give moral support to patients during treatment
7. Do not bring children closer to sufferers during the initial treatment period

If you experience complaints as above, you should do a check with your doctor. TB infection can be treated completely if adherently undergoing treatment so that it can break the chain of spread of TB in one family.

That's all, hope you can help.
Wassalam.

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