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6 main symptoms of tuberculosis (with online test)

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6 main symptoms of tuberculosis (with online test)
6 main symptoms of tuberculosis (with online test)

The main symptoms of tuberculosis are related to the respiratory system and include:

  1. Cough for more than three weeks, there may be blood;
  2. Pain when breathing or coughing;
  3. Low fever;
  4. Cold sweat;
  5. Feeling short of breath;
  6. Weight loss with no apparent cause.

Although tuberculosis mainly affects the lungs, it also affects any other area of ​​the body, such as the bones, intestines or bladder, resulting in general and specific symptoms of the affected organ. Learn more about tuberculosis and the types.

In most cases, the symptoms of tuberculosis are not noticed at the beginning of the disease and, therefore, it is not uncommon for the infection to be diagnosed only during routine examinations.

Online Symptom Test

If you suspect that you may have tuberculosis, check the symptoms shown in the following test:

  1. 1.Cough for more than 3 weeks Yes No
  2. 2.Cough with blood Yes No
  3. 3.Pain when breathing or coughing Yes No
  4. 4.Feeling short of breath Yes No
  5. 5.Constant low fever Yes No
  6. 6.Night sweats that can interrupt sleep Yes No
  7. 7.Weight loss for no apparent reason Yes No


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Symptoms of extrapulmonary tuberculosis

Although tuberculosis most often affects the lungs, it can also develop in other organs, such as the kidneys, bones, intestines, or meninges.In these cases, tuberculosis is known as extrapulmonary and can cause symptoms specific to the affected organ, as well as more general symptoms:

  • Weight loss;
  • Sweats;
  • Fever;
  • Tiredness.

In addition, it is often possible to notice pain and swelling in the place where the bacillus is lodged.

Symptoms of childhood tuberculosis

Tuberculosis in children and adolescents causes the same symptoms as in adults, leading to fever, tiredness, lack of appetite, coughing for more than 3 weeks and sometimes enlarged lymph nodes.

Usually, it takes a few months to diagnose the disease, as it can be confused with others, and tuberculosis can be pulmonary or extrapulmonary, affecting other organs of the child.

How the treatment is done

Treatment for tuberculosis is free and is usually done with a daily dose of medication, such as Rifampicin, for at least 8 months. However, treatment can take 2 years or more if not followed correctly, or if it is multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

In this way, the person should be guided about the time they should take the medication and alert them to take the medication every day, always at the same time. Learn more about tuberculosis treatment.

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