Thursday, 06 Augst 2020 | 08:27 WIB

These Are the Less Common Symptoms of Tuberculosis

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DEPOK, NETRALNEWS.COM - Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium mycobaterium tuberculosis and is transmitted through coughing. TB can be transmitted to anyone, anywhere, regardless of age, and gender.

Dr. Irandi Putra Pratomo, Ph D, Sp P from the Department of Pulmonology and Respiration Medicine - University of Indonesia Hospital (UI), said the symptoms of tuberculosis were coughing that occurred 2-3 weeks, inactive night sweats, fever disappeared, weight loss, easily tired and coughed up blood.

"But there are symptoms of TB outside the lungs and not typical. For example, urinary stone, sterility and poor vision. If so, immediately go to health facilities," Dr. Irandi said.

Dr. Iriandi said, in the health facilities various basic actions will be taken. Among them are radiological examinations, sputum examinations and other additional examinations such as the Mantoux test and the Igra test.

Furthermore, Dr. Irandi, groups at risk of TB are those with HIV/AIDS, smokers, alcoholics and diabetics. There are also those who experience malnutrition, to healthy people whose immune system goes down and contacts with TB patients.

"Infectious TB is caused by the bacterium Mycobaterium tuberculosis through coughing. So not only is the group at risk, but TB can also be transmitted to anyone, anywhere, regardless of age, and sex," he explained.

Besides being in the atmosphere of the World TB Day Commemoration every March 24, the statement was conveyed by Dr. Irandi to prevent bad stigma in the community stating that TB was a declining disease or a curse. Though TB ​​is an infectious disease and the incidence is still high in Indonesia. It is hoped that Dr. Irandi, there will be no TB sufferers confined or put in place as an effort to isolate TB patients.

"TB bacteria can actually die with ultraviolet light. But at least prevention can be done by requiring the TB patient to use mask," he said.