Possibility Of Contracting Tuberculosis?

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I was short of breath all night until this morning. My hands and face are tingling and sometimes my feet too. My breath was short and my chest felt like it was being pressed so hard that I couldn’t sleep all night. I’m a college kid. Previously I was in the same boarding house with a TB patient. I have not contacted the doctor regarding this matter. What disease do I have? Or maybe I caught my friend. Then what should I do to treat and also reduce my shortness of breath?

1 Answer:

Hi Reni,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

A history of close contact with people with tuberculosis can indeed increase a person's risk of developing tuberculosis. In the early stages, this disease will generally only be characterized by coughing, fever, weight loss, decreased appetite, and excessive sweating. However, as the disease progresses, other complaints may also appear, such as swollen lymph nodes, chest pain, shortness of breath, and so on. So it's true, shortness of breath and discomfort in the chest that you experience can indicate a Tuberculosis infection. Due to inadequate oxygen supply when experiencing shortness of breath, the cells in your body will experience hypoxia. This is what triggers a tingling or numb feeling in your hands and feet.

However, apart from Tuberculosis, there are many other possible causes of shortness of breath and a feeling of pressure in the chest accompanied by tingling, including:

Angina pectoris (heart attack) Bronchial asthma (asthma) Pleural effusion (seepage of interstitial fluid into the spaces between the lung membranes) Pneumothorax (trapping of air in the spaces between the lung membranes) Bronchitis (inflammation of the airways leading to the lungs) GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) Gastritis ( inflammation of the gastric mucosa) Gastric ulcers Pneumonia (inflammation of the lung parenchyma) Panic attacks, etc. Given the many possible causes of your complaint, our advice, consult a doctor immediately. To prove suspicion of tuberculosis infection, further examinations such as microscopic sputum tests, X-rays, or blood tests may also be carried out by the doctor. In addition, an EKG, ultrasound or endoscopy may also be recommended by the doctor to rule out other possible diagnoses.

In order to relieve your complaints, you should do the following tips:

Compress tingling hands with warm water Compress uncomfortable chest with warm water Calm yourself down, breathe slowly Eat regularly, little but often Sleep regularly 6-8 hours a day When you feel stressed, afraid, anxious, or panic about something, try to discuss it with people you trust to find a solution. Don't smoke. Avoid taking drugs without a doctor's prescription. Hope this helps..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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