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To understand cough it is important to understand its type and duration. TB and other chronic respiratory diseases can cause cough. But it should also be known that the initial symptoms of TB emerge in the form of cough only. A cough that lasts for more than two weeks can be a symptom of TB.
TB has a severe cough that lasts longer than 2 weeksHistory of TB patient being infected with TBTB infected patient will cough bloodfatigue that doesn’t go away loss of appetite leading to weight lossbody chillsfever and night sweats
weak immune system coming in contact with a TB infected personpoor dietfrequent smokingPre-existing health disorders like chronic kidney disease and immunity diseases
1. First episode of TB – 6 months of medicines and regular follow-up to kill maximum amount of bacteria present inside the body to prevent the bacteria from spreading, so that the patient does not become infected with TB again
2. Second episode of TB requires 8 to 9 months of TB drugs that focus on killing inactive TB inside the body
3. If a person is not getting relief despite taking medicines in category 1 and 2 and gets infected with TB again for the third or fourth time, then he/she may have MDR TB, which means multidrug resistant TB.
Multidrug resistant TB requires strict treatment and is diagnosed through gene expert testing through which gene expert tests can be performed.
Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot be a substitute for any medicine or treatment in any way. Always consult your doctor for more details.
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