Treatment For Tuberculosis?

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. My stubborn uncle has been suffering from TB for a long time and has never had a chest photo or anything like that. A few days ago I had vomited blood in a few days. All this time my uncle was drinking bacbutol with cough syrup. I also took the initiative to do a urine and sprutumbta lab check and the results were positive with instructions from people with a history of tuberculosis. I was advised to give tb4 drugs with a dose of 3×1 tablets to take for 2 months, but there were complaints about dry throat, how to handle it properly if the patient does not want to be referred to a doctor, what effect will TB drugs have

1 Answer:

Hi Vifyna, Thank you for the question.

Before you give tuberculosis (TB) treatment to your uncle, you should advise your uncle to see a doctor because treatment for each patient is not necessarily the same and the patient must be examined by a doctor first to determine the cause.

TB is still one of health in Indonesia. This disease is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis which can cause an infection in the lungs or outside the lungs. Symptoms experienced by the sufferer are cough with phlegm for 3 weeks or more, cough with blood, fever, chills, excessive sweating at night, weakness, no appetite, and weight loss.To diagnose TB is not an easy thing, it requires examination by a doctor and supporting examinations in the form of blood tests, sputum examinations, and X-rays. Did your uncle cough up blood or vomit blood? Because these two symptoms are different and the causes are different. Coughing up blood can be caused by things other than TB such as pneumonia, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, lung cancer, and others. To ensure the health condition that occurs in your uncle, a doctor's examination is required.

Please ask your family for help to support your uncle's treatment. Share the risks that can occur if your uncle does not seek treatment, which can irritate the respiratory system and can even be life threatening. Don't forget to also tell your uncle that this condition can be transmitted to family and close people.

After examining your uncle, the doctor will determine the right treatment for your uncle. Avoid starting treatment without doctor's recommendation because, again, treatment for each patient is not necessarily the same. Dry throat is not a common side effect of TB drugs.

Advise your uncle to always cover his mouth when coughing and avoid spitting out phlegm in random. Increase consumption of nutritious foods.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Aloisia

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