Tuberculosis

The following is a brief overview of this condition.  For further guidelines, please refer to the British Thoracic Society and the British Lung Foundation. What Is Tuberculosis? What Causes Tuberculosis? What Are The Symptoms of Tuberculosis? How is Tuberculosis Diagnosed? Active and Latent TB Can Tuberculosis Be Treated Or Prevented? Living With Tuberculosis Ongoing Research into Tuberculosis What Is Tuberculosis? Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It’s a disease that usually affects lungs, but it can affect any other parts of your body such as your skin or other organs. TB is passed on from person to person by droplets carried in the air, usually from coughs and sneezes. Your body’s immune system, which fights infection, usually destroys the germs once they are inhaled. In a small number of people, the immune system successfully builds a defensive barrier around the infection. The bacteria stay in the body, but you won’t usually have any symptoms and can’t pass the infection on to other people. This is called latent TB. Sometimes, the immune system fails to destroy the bacteria, or latent TB becomes active years later. This is more likely to happen if your immune … Continue reading Tuberculosis