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How to Cure Tuberculosis|Treating Your Tuberculosis Tuberculosis Skin Test
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection of the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The infection starts in the lungs and can spread to other parts of the body such as the spine or brain. It is transmitted through airborne droplets that the sick person releases when he sneezes, coughs, speaks, or laughs. If you think you might have it is important to see a doctor right away and get medications
Take medications. Most tuberculosis treatments require taking medications for six to nine months. Which medications you are prescribed will depend on which strain of TB you have. TB medications can damage your liver, so tell your doctor if you have any liver problems. Common medications include:
Isoniazid. This medication can cause nerve damage. Tell your doctor if your hands or feet feel numb or tingle. You will also be given vitamin B6 to lessen the risk.
Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane). This medication can interfere with some types of birth control, including the combined contraceptive pill. If you are given this medication, use condoms as a backup method of birth control.
Rashes can have different appearances – red flat areas, raised bumps, blisters, welts or any combination of these. It is common for the rash to spread to most or all of the body before it goes away. The rash may last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
Ways to avoid spreading viral infections
Viruses are spread by direct contact. The best way to prevent spreading viruses is to wash hands after touching any bodily fluid and avoid sharing items like cutlery, drinking cups, towels, toothbrushes and clothing.
What should I expect / look out for?
Often the viral infection causing the rash will also cause a fever. The fever may happen at the start of the illness, before the rash appears, or at the same time as the rash appearing.
If your child has a fever and has a rash of small bright red or purple spots or bruises which do not turn white (blanch) when you push on them, you should seek emergency medical care. See the Kids Health Info factsheet: Meningococcal infection.
Could it be measles?
Measles is a viral infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash which appears about two to three days after the initial symptoms. The measles rash is red, blotchy, starts on the head and then spreads to the rest of the body.
Measles can be dangerous, especially for young children and babies. Measles is very contagious and is spread by droplets from coughing and sneezing. It can be spread by just being in the same room as someone with measles.