Saturday, April 11

TLB Health Clinic: Tuberculosis, causes and preventive measures (Courtesy Unilag Medical Centre)

This message is from Unilag Medical Centre and I find it worth sharing on TLB Health Clinic. Sit back, read, learn, enjoy and always remember to share with others. It is very important to know that you are helping yourself by helping others.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that affects primarily the respiratory system (lungs) but has the potential of spreading virtually to all other parts of the body. It is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. Although TB is curable, it kills if one is not proactive about its existence.

Mode of spread

TB is contracted through inhalation of air contaminated with the bacteria. Air gets contaminated when people infected with TB cough, sneeze or spit out into the atmosphere. It can also be transmitted through direct mouth or nose contact with the nasal or mouth secretions of an infected person e.g. in kissing and sharing cups and cutleries without washing. continue...

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms may be mild for months and so the disease can be a quiet killer. They include cough which may produce blood stained sputum, fever, night sweats, weight loss, chest pain and weakness.

Your Responsibility

Keep TB out of your reach by:

  • Avoiding overcrowding.
  • Always ensuring proper ventilation around you.
  • Using handkerchief/tissue paper when you sneeze, cough or spit and encouraging others around you to do same.
  • Avoiding sharing of cups and cutleries with people having the above symptoms.
  • Ensuring proper nutrition.
  • Avoiding stressing yourself beyond your tolerability.
  • Adopting healthy lifestyle.
  • Reporting early to a health facility if you develop any of the above symptoms and encouraging those you know to do the same. It is curable especially when reported early.
  • Persons living with HIV are more vulnerable to the disease, so they need to be more cautious.


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