Medication For Lung Tuberculosis Prevention?
Hello doctor, my parents are pulmonary tuberculosis sufferers and are undergoing medical treatment for 6 months, I want to ask if there are anti-body medicines for families who live in one house so as not to get contracted from the pulmonary tuberculosis
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. We understand your concern. Tuberculosis or TB is indeed a very contagious disease, especially in those who live at home, children, the elderly, or have a low immune system. So if you live at home with TB sufferers, you really have to be vigilant.
But unfortunately, until now there is no specific drug to prevent you from getting pulmonary TB. There is only a BCG vaccine that is usually given to babies aged 0-2 months. If there are members of your family who have not yet received the vaccine, you can find the nearest health service center to be given this vaccine as a form of prevention.
Apart from vaccines, what is also important is prevention in the form of behavior and the environment. For example, your parents should wear a special mask with a certain density to avoid the bacteria moving anywhere. In addition, when coughing, teach your parents to cover it with tissue or with the upper arm of their clothes. Then, throw the tissue in the trash, do not spit carelessly like on the terrace or in the yard, consume medication and control regularly, and make sure every room in the house, especially those your parents often visit, is well ventilated and exposed to sunlight. Because with good ventilation, bacteria can be blown out, and in the presence of sunlight, bacteria can die. So, hopefully answering your question.