Tuberculosis

ExitCare ImageTuberculosis (TB) is a serious infection. TB often attacks the lungs, but any part of the body can be affected. TB can spread from person to person (contagious). TB is often spread by coughing or sneezing. TB can be treated with medicines. If TB is not treated, it can be life-threatening.

HOME CARE

  • Take your medicines (antibiotics) as told. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told. You will have doctor visits for at least 2 years.

  • Tell your doctor about all the people you live with or have close contact with. They may need to be tested for TB.

  • Eat a healthy diet.

  • Rest as needed.

  • Until your doctor says it is okay:

  • Avoid close contact with others, especially babies and older people.

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw away used tissues properly.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

  • Do not go back to work or school.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have chest pain.

  • You cough up blood.

  • You have trouble breathing or shortness of breath.

  • You have a headache or stiff neck.

  • You have a fever.

  • The patient is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • The patient is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • You have new problems that may be caused by your medicine.

  • You lose your appetite, feel sick to your stomach (nauseous), or throw up (vomit).

  • Your pee (urine) is dark yellow.

  • Your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow.

  • Your problems do not go away or get worse.

  • You have a new cough, or your cough lasts longer than 3 to 4 weeks.

  • You keep losing weight.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.