DR. MJ Bazos MD, Patient
Treatment of Active Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis (say: "too-burr-cue-los-sis"), also
called TB, is an infection caused by a bacteria (a germ). Tuberculosis usually
affects the lungs, but it can spread to the kidneys, bones, spine, brain and
other parts of the body.
What does my test show?
Your tuberculosis skin test shows that you have
active tuberculosis in your lungs (also called pulmonary tuberculosis).
Tuberculosis is a serious disease that must be treated. Tuberculosis is easily
spread from person to person, so your friends, coworkers and any people who
live with you need to be tested, too.
The good news is that tuberculosis can almost
always be cured with medicine. Your doctor will prescribe several medicines to
fight the germ that causes tuberculosis. It is important that you take all of
the medicine and not miss one dose.
What is the treatment for active
You will take several medicines to control the
germ that causes tuberculosis. It's very important that you take all the
medicine given to you. For the medicines to work at curing your tuberculosis,
you must not skip a single dose.
Avoid drinking alcohol or taking acetaminophen
(brand name: Tylenol) while you're taking the tuberculosis medicine. Tell your
doctor about any other medicines you may be taking.
Your doctor may also order several sputum and
blood tests to be done while you are being treated for tuberculosis. (Sputum is
phlegm coughed up from deep inside the lungs.) These tests can be done by the
nurse or at a clinic.
Call your doctor immediately if you have any
of the symptoms listed here:
- Abdominal pain
- Blurred vision
- Continued loss of appetite
- Dark (coffee-colored) urine
- Rash or itching
- Tingling or burning feeling in your hands or feet
- Tiredness without reason
- Yellow color of eyes or skin