I Was 18 When I Developed Lung Spots At The Age Of 17?
I have been undergoing treatment for lung plaque for 6 months and I want a phlegm test and my phlegm is white there are little red spots and saliva mixed What is it that I have recovered whether I should continue treatment again
Hello Braay, thank you for asking to HealthReplies.com.
Let me introduce myself, Dr. Rio will try to answer your question.
The lung plaque you are referring to is pulmonary tuberculosis. Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) or commonly known as tuberculosis is a lung disease that is caused by an infection from microbacterial tuberculosis bacteria. TB will usually cause symptoms such as:
Phlegm cough that lasts for more than 3 weeks and there is no improvement with usual treatment.
Coughing sometimes bleeding
To diagnose whether or not suffering from TB, in addition to the symptoms found above, additional tests such as smear sputum examination, Mantoux test or tuberculin skin test (TST), chest x-ray examination, sputum culture, or interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) specific antigen specific .
Treatment for patients who are positive for TB should be given for a long period of time starting from 6 months. If the patient is on medication but stopped taking the drug before the recommended time, it will potentially become resistant to the drugs. This is increasingly dangerous and will be more complicated in the treatment of TB itself. For patients who are already immune to these drugs, they must undergo treatment with more combination drugs and the treatment can take 9-24 months longer. During treatment TB patients must routinely undergo a sputum examination to monitor its success.
In your case, if you have been undergoing pulmonary treatment for 6 months you should still have a sputum examination again to ascertain whether the treatment you have been taking has been proven successful or not. Right now what you can do is:
Perform BTA sputum examination again to ascertain whether the disease has been cured or not
Use a mask to avoid transmission
Eat nutritious foods
Get enough rest
Consult a pulmonary doctor for further examination and treatment if there are still complaints.
That's all the answers I can give, hopefully always healthy.
Thank you :)