The Use Of Masks For TB Sufferers?

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good afternoon doctor, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis. already wearing a mask. But can I really not take off the mask at all? when you take a photo for a while with a coworker, is that okay? and does the mask that I have worn have to be burned? thank you doctor .. mohoh for your help

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Hello. Good afternoon, Ms. Selena. Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease in the lungs or other organs due to the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. For the spread of bacteria in patients diagnosed with pulmonary TB is through the sputum (droplet) of the patient. The droplet will be released by the patient while talking, namely 0 - 210 particles, cough 0 - 3500 particles, and sneezing as many as 4500 - 1 million particles. This has led to suggestions for the use of masks in TB patients thereby reducing the risk of transmission to those around him, especially when the patient is talking, coughing, or sneezing.


Period of transmission, especially at the beginning of treatment (2 months after treatment begins) after that the risk of transmission will be reduced but this depends on the condition of bacteria that are still active in the patient's body and can be examined through laboratory tests. Routine examination and medication consumed routinely as recommended is one of the keys to healing TB patients so it should be maintained to be enthusiastic about consuming drugs according to the dosage and adequate examination.


Steps that can be applied besides using masks to reduce the risk of prevention are

- Shut your mouth especially when sneezing, coughing, and laughing
- Do not expel phlegm carelessly
- Maintain good circulation of residence because bacteria will die with sun exposure

For the waste disposal system, the best step is to throw it in an infectious trash bin, usually in the form of a yellow bag. It is intended that infectious waste can be treated properly to avoid transmission to the environment and surroundings. Related to this you should consult with the doctor where you control for taking TB drugs (OAT).

Thus the information we can convey. May be useful. Thank you

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