What Do You Mean By Pulmonary TB Based On X-ray Results And Can You Work As A Chef?
I am Wahyudi aged 23 years old, I have a pulmonary tuberculosis, said the doctor based on the results of X-rays, but my sputum lab results were negative, what do you mean by that? My profession is a restaurant cook (chef), is the smoke from cooking dangerous for me, I have to stop working first or may keep working? Please enlighten me, thank you
Hello Wahyudi, thank you for the question in the HealthReplies.com forum.
Based on the existing guidelines in Indonesia regarding tuberculosis, TB disease is indeed there are several kinds based on the results of X-rays and sputum examination results, and there is a group of patients where a patient is still said to have tuberculosis if based on X-ray results show a picture of pulmonary tuberculosis although based on sputum results showed negative results, this group was said to be tuberculosis sufferers with smear negative results.
Because people in this group are still said to be TB sufferers, then this group, like you, will still be given therapy according to TB therapy guidelines that are applicable in Indonesia according to their group and also based on their previous TB treatment status.
Regarding the influence of food smoke on TB germs themselves, in general the smoke will not affect the germ, but it is possible that the smoke can cause additional complaints for sufferers such as shortness of breath or coughing more often than before, and the smoke itself is not dangerous for sufferers Tuberculosis. Regarding your next question whether you may continue to work or not, you should ask this question further with the doctor who is currently treating you because your doctor is more aware of your current condition so that you can consider whether your current condition can be allowed or not to work and is at risk of transmitting the disease to others.
For now, you should always wear a mask both during work and during other activities, because even if your sputum test results are negative, you still have the risk of transmitting the disease to others. Also make sure that the ventilation (air circulation) in your home and workplace is good enough. Also make sure your home is getting enough sunlight to come inside. And invite your colleagues and family to take part in a doctor's visit to see if they have the disease or not.
You can read more information about TB disease at the following link: TB.
I hope this helps.