Why Is TB Bacteria Still Detected Even After Treatment?
Hello April97, thank you for the question.
Broadly speaking, TB is divided into latent TB and active TB. Latent TB is when a person does not give symptoms and signs of TB, but is positive on TB serological and radiological examinations. Active TB is when a person has the typical symptoms and signs of TB, and is positive on serological and radiological examinations. After that, active TB is further divided into several categories, based on new cases, relapse cases, cases of drug withdrawal, drug resistant cases, and several other categories.
In someone who has been undergoing anti-TB therapy for a predetermined amount of time, but the TB germ is still detected, it is also possible that the case will be included in a TB case that fails to convert. This means that TB cases fail to turn negative on bacterial detection. Several factors might affect this condition, for example:
Low immunity. Nutrition is not optimal. Smoke. Other chronic diseases that accompany it. High pathogenicity TB bacteria. You must continue TB treatment at this time without exception. After that, you should re-consult the lung doctor who treats you. The doctor may have to do some other supporting tests to find out if there are other aggravating disease factors. After that, the next procedure will be planned by the doctor. Make sure you don't smoke, try to avoid exposure to cigarette smoke and pollution, obey the rules of taking medication, and make sure your nutrition is balanced.
Hopefully this information can help. Regards.