Hello doc, I used to suffer from TB Gland around 2015 to 2016. My treatment lasted for about 9 months. My question is, is TB Gland and Lung contagious? Does glandular TB also affect the respiratory senses of the doc? thank you
Thank you for the question.
TB (tuberculosis) is one of the most common types of chronic infections in our country. This disease is caused by a type of bacterial microorganism, called Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. TB). This M.TB often enters through the respiratory tract, but can later spread to various other organs, including lymph nodes (TB glands). Not infrequently, people with glandular TB also have infections in their lungs (pulmonary TB).
Related to your question, TB is a disease that can spread from patient to person. However, the route of transmission can differ depending on the focus of the infection. In patients with pulmonary TB, given the focus of the infection lies in the lungs, transmission can occur through inhalation or ingestion of droplets, such as when there are pulmonary TB sufferers who sneeze, cough, spit, even speak loudly near you. Transmission of pulmonary TB can also occur indirectly through objects contaminated with droplets, for example door handles, eating and drinking utensils, towels, shaking hands, and so on. Meanwhile, if the focus of infection occurs in other places, of course the transmission will be different again. For example, in people with glandular TB, transmission can occur through a number of ways, such as through blood (hematogenous), spread in adjacent areas (perontinuitatum), or also direct contact with open glandular lesions (for example due to secondary infection).
Glandular TB is different from pulmonary TB, although the causes are the same. Therefore, if people with TB glands do not have problems with their lungs, often there will be no typical respiratory problems. Although it is not impossible for sufferers to experience coughs, colds, sore throats, and other flu-like symptoms early in their illness due to the influence of a natural inflammatory reaction.
That's all our explanation. Hope this helps ...