Prevention For Tuberculosis?

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My father 2 weeks was diagnosed with TB … I have a baby aged 3 months and from my father’s doctor my child can also get medicine without being checked for prevention..How long does it take to give my child the preventive medicine? nAfter my child moved house, did I still take the medicine?

1 Answer:

Hello Nurul, thank you for the question.

Tuberculosis or tuberculosis is an infectious disease that attacks body tissues, primarily attacking the lungs, but if it spreads it can also cause infection in other places, such as the skin, spine, and eyes. Treatment of TB itself must also be done thoroughly, because this disease is highly contagious and can cause fatal side effects if not treated carefully.

This disease is very vulnerable to attack people in groups such as the following:

Health care workers are exposed to various types of infections every day
People with HIV and AIDS, where this disease is very easy to attack or recur in people who have a decreased immune system, for example in AIDS
People with a history of TB in the last 1 or 2 years
Babies and children
Drug users
and people who have a history of TB but are not being treated properly.

There are several ways to prevent this, including:

Given the BCG vaccine to children under 3 months of age, if over 3 months, it is necessary to do a tuberculin test first
Early detection of TB with careful examination by a doctor or other health facility
and provision of TB prophylaxis or preventive therapy using Isoniazid (INH), especially in people who have a risk of exposure to TB disease, especially children and the conditions that I mentioned above. The provision of preventive therapy has been shown to reduce the rate of transmission and death by tuberculosis.

For the administration of this therapy, it usually takes about 6 to 9 months, but I suggest that you should ask the doctor who gave this therapy regimen to you and your child, so that it is clear and not confusing.

Also tell Andam's father to use a mask, increase his activity in the sun, and eat and drink regularly and consume the medicine that is given consistently and with sufficient nutrition so that his body can fight this infection. In addition, make sure you and your child also live a healthy life and maintain a healthy and regular diet, also take the drugs that are given regularly and do not stop.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Otniel Budi Krisetya

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