Risk Factors, Causes And Symptoms Of Tuberculosis

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Angel K. Nickel
The world was astounded by the dramatic increase in Tuberculosis cases occurring in 1985. The disease strongly affects the lungs however if serious enough it can happen anywhere in the body.
An individuals with the TB disease can spread the infection through air. This means that a simple cough, laugh, sneeze, or singing can spread it to anyone within close range. A normal healthy adult can be infected but yet have no complication or symptoms, the body 's immune system will fight the infection. Unfortunately for others with weak immune systems the first breath u breathe in could be your life 's turning point.
Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Coughing and trouble breathing can sometimes
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The general signs and symptoms for tuberculosis can be as simple as extreme fatigue, effortless weight loss, lack of appetite, chills, fever, and night sweats. (Tb
Symptoms) However with Pulmonary Tuberculosis they also include chest pain and coughing up blood or phlegm.
Risk Factors
Just like with every disease there are many risk factors that go into the development of TB. Some factors you are not in control of but many can be easily prevented. First it is important to know that you can test positive for the infection but not develop the disease. With that being said a risk factor for the disease is being recently infected. Recently infected risk factors also include people
PULMONARY TB 4 who immigrated from high rated TB areas, children less the five years of age, homeless people,
HIV positive persons, drug users, and people who work in close contact with high risk TB patients. (Basic TB Facts 2012) A weaken immune system is a main cause why people who test positive for the infection develop the disease. Weaken immune systems are caused by HIV infection, drug abuse, silicosis, diabetes, severe kidney disease, low body weight, organ transplant, head or neck cancer, medical treatments, and specialized treatments for RA
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