This article will provide information for students about Tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person. It is a serious condition, but can be cured with proper treatment. TB mainly affects the lungs. However, it can affect any part of the body, including the glands, bones and nervous system.
Typical symptoms of TB include:
- A persistent cough that lasts more than three weeks and usually brings up phlegm, which may be bloody
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- High temperature (fever)
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- New swellings that haven't gone away after a few weeks
- You should see a GP if you have a cough that lasts more than three weeks or if you cough up blood
For more information regarding TB, look on the NHS website.
You can also get advice on minor ailments such as bugs and viruses, minor injuries and aches and pains from your local community pharmacy or chemist. For more information on pharmacists and when they might be able to help visit PharmacyFirst