Cough it out!

A bacteria called tubercle bacillus causes Tuberculosis (TB). The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they’ll also damage other parts of the body. A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs. The bacteria that cause TB are spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Most people infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis haven’t got symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they typically include a cough (sometimes blood-tinged), weight loss, night sweats and fever. Treatment isn’t required for those without symptoms. Patients with active symptoms or extreme cough would force an extended course of treatment involving multiple antibiotics.

The bacteria that cause TB are spread when an infected person cough or sneezes
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Myths

Tuberculosis is genetic

Contrary to some beliefs, TB doesn’t come climbing down a kin group. Like the respiratory disease or a foul cough, when a patient coughs, bacteria is released into the air. An individual with tuberculosis will stand an opportunity to infect anyone with striking distance. The reason why such a big amount of thought it absolutely was genetic was because it always spreads to those physically nearest to you, in most cases members of the family.

Tuberculosis patients are infectious

There are literally a couple of various types of tuberculosis. Due to this variety, only one-third of TB patients (mostly those with TB of the lungs) are infective. After four to eight weeks of undergoing appropriate treatment many patients become non-infective. This helps reduce the chance of catching TB for everybody around the person.


Tuberculosis results in infertility


It’s uncommon to determine tuberculosis as a reason for infertility. Tuberculosis of the male reproductive tract may end up in infertility. The infection can involve any a part of the reproductive tract including the testis, epididymis, epithelial duct, seminal vesicles, prostate and also the ejaculatory ducts.

 Tuberculosis spreads through transmission of fluids

Tuberculosis or TB isn’t spread through transmission of fluids or gender or kissing or other touch. TB bacteria are spread through the air from one person to a different. When an individual who has TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, or sings, TB bacteria are spread within the air. People who spend time with the ill person may inhale these bacteria and become infected. If the one that has TB (before he or she has started taking TB medicines) has stayed with their sexual partner indoors for while, transmission is feasible. You are doing not have to worry about kissing on the mouth or cheeks.

Tuberculosis is incurable


Unlike the old days when gunslingers and saloon patrons easily died of consumption, modern medicine has made managing TB much easier. Effective medication for tuberculosis has been readily available since the 1950s. But, treatment still isn’t an overnight solution, as a regimen may take up to nine months. Some patients don’t complete the complete course of treatment and even suffer side effects of the drugs.

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In a way to understand what people’s perception about malaria and their level of awareness. I conducted a research survey using questionnaire method. The results of the survey are as follows:

• 50% think that maybe tuberculosis is a genetic disease, 29% think that tuberculosis is a genetic disease and 21% think that tuberculosis is not a genetic disease.

• 40% think that all tuberculosis patients are infectious, 37% think that all tuberculosis patients are infectious and 23% think that all tuberculosis patients are not infectious.
• 60% think that maybe tuberculosis leads to infertility, 20% think that maybe tuberculosis leads to infertility and 20% think that maybe tuberculosis doesn’t leads to infertility.
• 55% think that maybe tuberculosis spreads through transmission of fluids, 21% think that tuberculosis spreads through transmission of fluids and 24% think that tuberculosis cannot spreads through transmission of fluids.

•54% think that maybe tuberculosis is incurable, 17% think that tuberculosis is incurable and 29% think that tuberculosis is not incurable.

It was observed that, tuberculosis is a genetic disease. Around less than half of the respondents think that all tuberculosis patients are infectious. More than half of the respondents think that maybe tuberculosis leads to infertility. Nearly half of the sample thinks that maybe tuberculosis spreads through transmission of fluids. Many of the respondents think that maybe tuberculosis is incurable.


Conclusion

Tuberculosis is just a disease. It can be overcome by following proper medical procedure. One must not let the attitude of other people towards us affect our health. Thus, it is necessary for everyone to research about the particular disease before getting into any unnecessary rumours and comparing it with simple cough. The medical science is becoming more and more advanced every day. So, there is nothing like dead end after getting affected by a particular disease.

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